Pine cone Christmas decorations

Create a sustainable Christmas this year and decorate your home with nature. Winter is the perfect time to go foraging for materials as pine cones and acorns start to drop off their branches.

Watch the tutorial video above and follow the instructions below to make your own pine cone mouses.

Child holding twigs and pine cones

What you will need...

• Small pine cone

• Acorn cup

• Two large pine cone scales

• Twine or a soft and bendable twig

• Brown paint

• White paint

• Glue (PVA works fine, but using a glue gun or craft glue will save time)

Method

Step 1

Make your ears. Paint two large pine cone scales with brown around the outside and white in the middle. Water based paint is fine for this, but acryclic gives a more polished result. Once dry, trim the pointed ends if needed and glue into place on the top of your pine cone, quite close together.

Tip: You may want to balance all of your mouse parts in place first before attaching with glue

Step 2

Make your face. Using a small paintbrush, paint a small nose at the tip of the acorn hat. Paint two small eyes and a smile if you like too. Glue into place just in front of the ears.

Step 3

Curl a tail. Cut your twine or twig to tail-length. Wind it around your finger to bend into place and glue the end to the back of the pine cone.

Step 4 

If you’re using PVA glue, leave it to dry for a few hours or overnight and then you’re finished! While you’re waiting, why not try out some of our other pine cone ideas below?

More pine cone decoration ideas...

Snow topped pine cones

A favourite, these look lovely grouped together in a bowl or vase, or just scattered on window sills and around a fireplace. Just take a big, open pine cone and apply white paint to the edges to look like snow. Once dried, you could add a little sparkle by dotting some of the scales with glue and adding silver glitter.

Metallic pine cones

Pine cones look great just dipped or painted in full gold or silver paint. You can add glitter afterwards if you want to make them shimmer too.
 
Tip: If you’re dipping your pine cone in paint or glue, it’s always a good idea to check for any small bugs that might be making their home inside.

Mini Christmas tree pine cones

Lots of fun and you get to use pomp poms! Make your own mini Christmas tree by choosing a large, open pine cone. Dip or cover in green paint. When dry, glue small pomp poms or beads onto the face-up ends of the pine cone scales. Add a dusting of glue and glitter after painting if you’d like to create a tinsel effect.

Pine cone heart

Still got some pine cones left over? Why not dip them in white paint and, when dry, glue the sides together to create the outline of a large heart. This one’s a little tricky and but has really effective results if you’re working with smaller pine cones that are a similar size. Stronger glue, or a great deal of patience will be needed! Once finished, it can be hung with ribbon as an alternative Christmas wreath or propped up against that big pile of presents.

More Christmas decoration ideas