Natural décor for fall: Four textured, tabletop trees

My favorite season is right around the corner, so I’m excited to share a few DIY decorating ideas for fall. These four fall crafts are made with natural materials, from pine cones to pumpkins seeds, so they’re perfect for fall decorating. Here’s what really caught my eye, though – these Tabletop Fall Trees have a little sparkle, too, with flashes of gold and metallic highlights. Whether you’re decorating your fall mantel or dining room table, you can change the sizes of your foam cones to suit your space.

Beautiful for the fall mantel! DIY on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Fall Tabletop Trees by Kathleen George.

Beautiful textures for fall decorating! From a series of Tabletop Trees on CraftsnCoffee.com.

Pretty, natural textures with a touch of bling.

To make a Pine Cone Petal Topiary, you’ll need:

Detail from pine cone petals. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” cone
  • Pine cones with 1-1/2” – 2” scales
  • Mod Podge, finish of your choice (Kathleen used a glossy finish to give the topiary a slight sheen)
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: ½” paintbrush

To make a Pine Cone Petal Topiary:

1. Separate the pine cone petals or scales from the pinecones. You’ll need about 2 cups of scales.

2. Glue a row of pine cone scales around the bottom of the foam cone. The scales should point down, and the tips should be even with the bottom of the cone.

3. Add a second row of pine cone scales, overlapping the first row. Position the second row so that about 1” of the first row is visible.

4. Continue adding rows of pine cone petals around the cone until it’s covered.

5. At the top of the cone, glue three – four pine cone scales, pointing up.

6. Brush Mod Podge onto the cone and let dry.

To make a Natural Acorn Cap Topiary, you’ll need:

Natural acorn caps. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 9” cone; 3” ball
  • Acrylic paint in light brown
  • Acorn caps, 5/8” – ¾” wide, about 100
  • Satin ribbon, 1” x 9”, in sage green
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; stiff paintbrush; serrated knife and a bar of soap or old candle

To make a Natural Acorn Cap Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone brown and let dry.

2. Make the base for the topiary:

  • Wax the blade of the serrated knife with the bar of soap or an old candle.
  • Cut the foam ball in half.
  • Cut a slice from the rounded top of one half, so that the top is flat.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the sides of the flat, half ball and glue in place.
  • Glue the cone to the base.

3. Glue a row of acorn caps around the bottom of the cone. As you glue on the caps, position them so they are angled slightly upwards.

4. Continue adding rows around the cone till it’s covered.

5. Glue three caps around the tip of the cone.

To make an Acorn, Pine Cone & Gold Bead Topiary, you’ll need:

Acorn caps with a touch of gold. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: 6” cone
  • Acorn caps, 5/8” – ¾” wide, about 65
  • Pine cones, about ½” long, 1/4 C.
  • Acrylic craft paint in copper
  • Gold beads, plastic or metal:
    • 64, ¼” dia.
    • One, ¾” dia.
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush

To make an Acorn, Pine Cone & Gold Bead Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone, acorn caps and pinecones copper. Let dry.

2. Glue a row of acorn caps around the bottom of the cone. As you glue on the caps, position them so they are angled slightly upwards.

3. Repeat, adding rows of acorn caps till the cone is covered.

4. Glue one large acorn cap to the top, and glue the large gold bead in the center of the cap.

5. Fill in empty spaces between the acorn caps with pine cones.

6. Glue small gold beads in each acorn cap.

To make a Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary, you’ll need:

Pumpkin seeds with a patina finish. CraftsnCoffee.com.

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam, 8” cone
  • Pumpkin seeds, dried, about 1 cup
  • Acrylic craft paint in olive green and metallic gold
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Stiff paintbrush; paper towels

To make a Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary:

1. Paint the foam cone and pumpkin seeds green and let dry.

2. Glue a row of seeds around the bottom of the cone. If you plan to display your topiary on a candle pedestal, extend the points ¼” past the bottom of the cone. Otherwise, line up the tips of the seeds with the bottom of the cone.

3. Continue gluing the pumpkin seeds around the cone in rows, overlapping the tips as you go.

4. To add the gold patina, lightly dry brush the topiary in gold. (To dry brush, dip a dry paintbrush into the gold paint, and wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel. Brush the paint onto the topiary.)

Pretty Tabletop Trees to DIY for your fall mantel. CraftsnCoffee.com.

L-R, Christmas Cranberry Cone; Acorn, Pinecone & Gold Bead Topiary; Pine Cone Petal Topiary; Natural Acorn Cap Topiary; and the Patina, Pumpkin Seed Topiary. Where would you display these Tabletop Trees?

If you’d like to add the Christmas Cranberry Cone to the mix, here’s the tutorial.

I don't have time to make a real Cranberry Topiary, but this one is so easy! And it will last forever. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You’ll find a few more acorn theme crafts for fall in this round up from a few years ago.

How to make a Thanksgiving wreath

Preserved Leaf & Natural Wreath by Kathleen George.

Christmas package wreath

Wrap it Up Acorn Door Swag by Diane Flowers.

As we move into a new season, I’m excited about something new here at Crafts ‘n Coffee. Have you noticed anything different? Poke around and see if you can find what I’m talking about. I’ll fill you in on Tuesday and I’ve planned a giveaway to celebrate!

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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10 Responses to Natural décor for fall: Four textured, tabletop trees

  1. Sar Tann says:

    These are ALL just beautiful! Love, Love, Love them all. 🙂

  2. CraftyB says:

    The cardinal tree is perfect for those of us in Ohio and would look great with a couple of the patina trees. Great decor idea!!

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Cool. Nature’s bounty on these trees are so great. I have the pine cones. 🙂 will be waiting to see what is new.

    • Sharon says:

      Don’t you love a craft you can make with “found” objects, like the pine cones? Some of my earliest crafting memories are about making “things” from materials I found in the backyard. How about you? See you Tuesday! Sharon

  4. Nancy D says:

    Well there are a few things I have noticed. Your header has changed, love it by the way. The Facebook page changed names to craftsncoffee. And has that drop down menu always been there? Have I been asleep?? Easy to find what project your looking for!

    • Sharon says:

      😉 You are keeping close “tabs” on things! I’m so glad you noticed the new name for the Facebook page, and thank you for the reminder. I think I forget to tell everyone about that. I’ll add it to the list for Tuesday! See you then! Sharon

  5. Are you talking about the background color?? These trees are really cool!! Might have to get hubby to go on a walk to get me a few pine cones and acorns!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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