A corrugated cardboard craft, and the winners announced

It’s the first day of fall, and the perfect day to share these pretty, paper pinecones. These DIY paper pinecones will be a beautiful, understated addition to your fall décor, and will make elegant Christmas ornaments, too. Humble, everyday corrugated cardboard adds the dimension and texture that makes them special. If you’re already thinking about Christmas, make a few extra Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones for neighbors, teachers and others on your list.

Beautifully made with corrugated cardboard. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones by Kathleen George.

To make a Corrugated Cardboard Pinecone, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Ribbon for hanger and bow
  • Tools needed: Scissors; 1” circle punch*; pencil; optional: thimble

*If you don’t have a 1” circle punch, use a quarter as your pattern, and cut out the circles with scissors.

To make a Corrugated Cardboard Pinecone:

1. Punch out 90 – 110, 1” circles from the corrugated cardboard. Hint: Cut strips 1 ¼” wide to make paper punching quicker and easier. Begin at one end of the strip and pull the strip along, punching out one circle after another.

2. Mark the center bottom and top of a 4” egg of STRYOFOAM Brand Foam with a pencil.

3. At the narrow end of the egg, pin on two circles at the 12:00 and 6:00 positions, so that they are touching directly over the center bottom. Hint: A thimble may help you push the straight pins through the cardboard.

4. Pin on two circles at the 3:00 and 9:00 positions so that they overlap the first two and meet at the center bottom.

Beautiful DIY pinecones to display from fall through the holidays. Love these! CraftsnCoffee.com. #Fall #Decor

Each row overlaps the previous row by about 1/2″.

5. Add the next four circles over the spaces left by the original circles, overlapping the original circles by about ½”.

6. Continue pinning on the remaining circles in rows, overlapping the previous row by about ½” and covering the gaps. As the egg widens you will need to pin on additional circles in order to fill in spaces in a row.

7. When you get to the very top two rows attach the circles using low-temp glue. Hold the circles down firmly so that they lay flat against the curved top of the egg.

8. Glue and pin a small bow and ribbon loop to the top for hanging.

You can also make these pinecones with felt, and Kathleen shares a tutorial for making the Felt Pinecones that decorate this Felt Pinecone & Poinsettia Wreath.

A pretty Christmas wreath made with felt. The Felt Pinecones would be pretty as ornaments, too.

Patty Schaffer also used corrugated cardboard to create her Rustic Topiary.

An easy way to add a rustic touch for your fall decorating. Tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

I have a little backstory to share for these Corrugated Cardboard Pinecones. We originally created them at the request of Jane Guthrie, then editor of Paper Creations magazine. Kathleen George and I were so excited when Jane thought the pinecones pretty enough to feature them on the cover. Paper Creations was published by All-American Crafts, along with Create and Decorate and several other craft and hobby magazines, and I am very saddened that the company closed last month. I had the pleasure of working with many of the All-American Crafts editors through the years, and always admired the magazines they produced.

A beautiful cover! (Sadly, the magazine is now closed.) Corrugated Cardboard Pinecone tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

The former Paper Creations magazine was a wonderful source of paper crafting inspiration.

How and where you find your crafting inspiration has changed tremendously over the last few years. I loved reading about where you find your craft inspiration, and I thank you all so much for participating in the Candy & Crafts giveaway. I’m excited to announce the two winners in our Candy & Crafts giveaway, and they’re both Lisa’s: LisaM6 and Lisa Cook. Congratulations, and please contact me to arrange for your prize packages.

Happy fall, ya’ll! And happy crafting.


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15 Responses to A corrugated cardboard craft, and the winners announced

  1. Donna Budzynski says:

    These are beautiful!!
    Congratulations to the winners!

  2. Jennifer McCormick says:

    Can’t find the directions for the yarn flowers worth button centers. .help

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  4. barb liberti says:

    Can you find the cardboard with one side already removed to see the corrugated section, or do you carefully remove the outer layer before cutting ?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Barb, This is a corrugated paper and it comes this way — check your craft stores to see if they carry it. You might also find it at a packing/shipping store. Good luck, and happy crafting! Sharon

  5. Lisa Cook says:

    I am so excited to be one of the winners in this awesome giveaway! I am getting ready for a few upcoming Craft Shows and of course making our family some Christmas and Fall stuff to decorate our home so I am soooo happy to be getting these great magazines to give me some more ideas and candy to eat while I am creating!! Thanks again, I LOVE your blog and just realized that Styrofoam Crafts is your FB page as it didn’t click in this mind of mine, lol Have a GREAT crafting weekend y’all! And Congrats to the other Lisa for winner as well.

  6. CraftyB says:

    Wow, who knew you could make something like fun winter pine cones with cardboard! How green! Bringing in a little of the outdoors is a nice look!

  7. LisaM6 says:

    Every since I got last years magazine. I have wanted to try this. I bought some corrugate cardboard and know where it is. So this weekend look out I am making a few. Thanks for all the great ideas and giveaways. YOU ROCK! 🙂
    ps it will be 90* here tomorrow. I think I might do more fall crafts to cool off. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Wonderful! Isn’t it great when your craft plans don’t include a trip to the store because you already have what you need? And bonus points for you because you know where the supplies are! Happy crafting! Sharon

  8. Congratulations to the Lisas! LOVE the poinsettia wreath and the pinecone and the tree!!!

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