Tinsel Tuesdays: A new twist on an old favorite — folded paper pinecone ornaments

Christmas crafting doesn’t stop in the summer, right? A lot of you have told me that you craft year-round for Christmas, so welcome to Tinsel Tuesdays, when I share a new Christmas craft every summer Tuesday. Today I have a new twist on a favorite, homemade Christmas ornament – Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments. (You might also know this style as folded paper pineapple ornaments.) Designer Kathleen George turned her folded paper pinecone ornaments into mini Christmas trees. It’s the same technique in a new shape.

Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments turned into sweet little trees! CraftsnCoffee.com.

There’s a lot of folding in these Paper Pinecone Tree Ornaments, which makes this a great project for a night of TV watching. The folding goes fast, and this diagram makes it easy, too. Imagine all of the different looks you can create depending on the papers you choose. I think these would look snappy in red and white, and I’d love to see them in metallic gold, too.

Here's how to make those popular  folded paper pinecone ornaments. CraftsnCoffee.com.

Kathleen used a blue, aqua and olive green color pallet. What colors would you use?

To make a Paper Pinecone Tree Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 6” x 3” cone
  • Scrapbook paper, 12″ x 12″ sheets, two
  • Cardstock, small scrap in yellow (treetop stars)
  • Acrylic craft paint in brown
  • Microfine glitter in gold
  • Satin ribbon, 3/8″ x 1/3 yd.
  • Wooden dowel, 3” x 5/8″
  • Toothpick
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; medium flat paintbrush; craft pins; optional: rotary cutter and mat or paper trimmer; star paper punch
A Christmas favorite -- folded paper pinecone ornaments turned into mini Christmas trees! CraftsnCoffee.com.

These would make beautiful gifts. Make them now, and maybe your holiday season will be a little less crazy.

To make a Paper Pinecone Tree Ornament:

  1. Cut or punch out two small stars from yellow cardstock. Glue the stars together with a toothpick sandwiched between them. Brush a thin layer of craft glue on each star and sprinkle with glitter. Let glue dry.
  2. Trace around the bottom of the cone on the scrapbook paper, cut out the circle, and glue to the bottom of the cone. Using scissors, make a small hole in center bottom of cone.
  3. Paint the 3” length of dowel brown and let dry. Insert and glue the trunk 1” into the bottom of the cone.

    Detailed instructions for making Folded Paper Pinecone Ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

    You’ll fold each paper strip into a point.

  4. Cut out 124, ½” x 3” strips of scrapbook paper. Place a paper strip on your work surface with the patterned side facing down. Fold your strip in half so that it’s 1-1/2” wide. Unfold, and then follow the diagram to fold the strip into a “pineapple” or “pinecone” point. Repeat with all of the paper strips.
  1. Rows 1 & 2:
  • Pin a row of 10 pineapple points around the bottom of the cone. The tips should extend just beyond the bottom of the cone.
  • Pin on a second row of 10 points, overlapping the first row and offsetting the points.
  1. Rows 3 – 8:
  • You’ll pin on the points a little closer together as you work your way up the cone.
  1. Rows 9 & 10:
  • Pin a row of nine points around cone for rows 9 and 10, easing points closer together to fit.
  1. For rows 11 – 14, pin on the following paper pieces:
  • Row 11: Eight points
  • Row 12: Six points
  • Rows 13 & 14: Five or six, depending on space.
  1. At the very top of the cone, trim off any uneven paper edges. Cut small circle from the paper and glue to top of cone.
  2. Cut out a ¼” wide strip of paper, and glue it around the top edge, covering the ends of the paper points. If needed, make tiny slits in the edge of the strip so it will lie flat.
  3. Hanger: Knot together the ends of your ribbon. With the tips of your scissors, make a tiny hole in the top of the cone, and glue the knot in the hole. Glue and insert the toothpick star into the top of the cone, positioned in front of the hanger. Let glue dry.
Very pretty Christmas oranements. The DIY is on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Making these ornaments in a cone shape is a new twist. Have you ever made the traditional Folded Paper Pinecone Spheres?

If you have questions about making the folded paper strips, or you’d like to make a traditional Paper Pinecone Ornament, watch our video 5 Ornaments in 5 Minutes. Candie Cooper McCoart will show you exactly how to fold the paper pieces and make your ornament. And maybe you’ll be inspired by the other ornaments Candie shares, too.

Tutorial for the top five handmade ornaments

Learn how to make all five of these ornaments in just five minutes!

Are there certain Christmas crafts you’d like to see this summer? I’d love to hear your suggestions for Tinsel Tuesdays. Thank you!

Year-round Christmas crafts every Tuesday on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Merry Christmas crafting.


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15 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: A new twist on an old favorite — folded paper pinecone ornaments

  1. ncjeepster says:

    Just happened upon your web site and jumped to facebook. I have fell in love. Thank you so much for all you fabulous ideas. Always looking for new ideas for Scouts and other groups.

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thank you! I’m so glad you found us, too. Thank you for sharing your crafty talents with so many, and spreading the love of crafting! Happy crafting! Sharon

  2. lynn says:

    Thanks for the ideas, going to start now making Christmas ornaments and wreaths so I am ready early….

  3. Gail Brasser says:

    Thanks,these trees look so elegant I think they would look good on a tablescape just add a round piece of craft wood to the bottom,also I am thinking they would look cute with my christmas village display.

  4. I would use silver and black or gold and white as my colors! Maybe even mix the all together to make it even more elegant!!
    These would be great in red, white and blue for the 4th of July or browns, yellows and golds for a fall look also. Maybe even black, orange and purple for Halloween. Who knows what other color schemes could go together for other occasions! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Great ideas, Barb. I’d not thought about other holidays, but why not. The Halloween version is now racing around in my head . . . I am really tempted to try these with a metallic paper, which would be so pretty on the Christmas tree. Thanks for the inspiration. Sharon

  5. Sar Tann says:

    These are really cute. I bet they would look cool made with printed origami paper. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      That is the best idea — origami papers have such rich colors, and the patterns will look really cool when folded up. Love it! Thank you! Sharon

  6. kbandaruk says:

    so cute! i will have to try!

    • Sharon says:

      Awesome! Let me know how it goes — I’d love to see a photo. This is a project that will look so different for everyone, depending on the papers you chose. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  7. LisaM6 says:

    Great use of the cone shape and making neat trees. Colors I would use would be a deep green pattern paper.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Lisa. I think these would be really pretty in deep green, in fact, if you bumped up the sizes, I wonder if you could make tabletop trees with this technique? I don’t know why not, do you? Happy crafting! Sharon

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