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.
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.
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″
- 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
To make a Paper Pinecone Tree Ornament:
- 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.
- 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.
- Paint the 3” length of dowel brown and let dry. Insert and glue the trunk 1” into the bottom of the cone.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rows 3 – 8:
- You’ll pin on the points a little closer together as you work your way up the cone.
- Rows 9 & 10:
- Pin a row of nine points around cone for rows 9 and 10, easing points closer together to fit.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Are there certain Christmas crafts you’d like to see this summer? I’d love to hear your suggestions for Tinsel Tuesdays. Thank you!
Merry Christmas crafting.