Is there another holiday filled with more traditions and nostalgia than Christmas? I don’t think so. But sometimes, you have to change it up a bit and today’s Paper Pine Cone or Paper Pineapple Ornaments do just that. Folding paper strips or ribbons into points, and pinning the points to balls of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam has been a favorite, DIY ornament for many years, but Rebekah Meier shakes it up with pretty papers in bright pink and green. Andy why not? When you DIY these Paper Pine Cone or Paper Pineapple Ornaments, make them in whatever paper and colors you like. I think you’ll find her tutorial easy to follow, too.
To make a Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
- Scrapbooking paper, 12” x 12”
- Grosgrain ribbon, 1/2″ x 2/3 yd.
- Craft wire, 2” – 3” length
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; craft pins; optional: paper trimmer
To make a Pink, Paper Pinecone Ornament:
- Cut one 2″ square and forty-five 1″ x 4″ strips from scrapbook paper. Place paper strips printed side down on work surface. Refer to Diagrams 1 – 3 to fold strips in half and then into crisp points as shown.
- Glue paper square to center bottom of the foam ball, clipping the edges of the paper square as needed so it lays flat. Mark the center bottom of ball with a pin.
- Refer to Diagram 4 to pin two points to the bottom of the ball on opposite sides, with tips just touching. Insert pins as indicated by the dots on the diagram. The points will stick up a bit, and don’t worry about the pins showing. The pins will be covered as you add more points.
- Pin two more paper points over first two with edges just slightly overlapping and points just touching. Hooray – your first layer is complete.
- Refer to Diagrams 5 and 6 to add two more layers of paper points. Position the second layer 1/2″ from the center of first layer. Position the third layer 1″ from the center of the first layer.
- Continue pinning paper points in alternating rows around the ball, positioning each row an additional 1/2″ up from the center bottom of the ball. You’ll find that near the mid-point of the ball, the edges of the paper points will be slightly farther apart than at the top and bottom. Be sure each layer covers the pins from the previous layer. Adjust pins as needed. The final row of paper points should completely cover the top of the ball.
- Remove the pin marking the center bottom of ball and use it to make a hole in the center top. Twist together the ends of a 2” – 3” length of wire, add a dab of glue, and insert the twisted ends into the hole left by the pin. Let glue dry.
- Tie a loopy bow and glue to the top of the ornament.
Kathleen George went nontraditional in her colors and her shape when she made these Folded, Paper Pine Cone Tree Ornaments.
If you’d rather use a more traditional paper, then make these your own and do just that. Patty Schaffer used deep red paper for her Paper Pinecone Ornament.
For more information about making Paper Pinecone or Paper Pineapple Ornaments, don’t miss the video Five Ornaments in Five Minutes. In just five minutes, Candie Cooper walks you through five ways to make easy Christmas ornaments.
Several of you told me that you’re always looking for ornament ideas, and I’ll have more in the weeks ahead. It’s not too early to feature Christmas crafts, is it?