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