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5 Crafty Ways to Use Pine Cones

pine cone bunting

5. Pine Cone Bunting

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t feel like holiday decor is complete without a little bunting. Smaller pine cones work best for this project, but you can use larger cones if that’s what’s on hand.

You can keep this simple, and just string up pine cones or you can get fancier, like in the photo above, and string up cranberries for a splash of color. Here’s how to make your bunting with cranberries (leave them out, if you prefer):

1. Cut around 4 feet of baking twine, and tie it to the top of a pine cone, leaving 6″ of tail at one end.

2. Thread the twine through an embroidery needle, and pass the needle through a few fresh cranberries, sliding them almost all the way to the end, where you tied on that first pine cone.

3. Tie on a second pine cone close to the last cranberry you strung.

4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you’re around 6″ from the end of your twine. Use the 6″ tails on either end to hang your garland on a wall, in a doorway, or on the mantle!

Have you guys done any pine cone crafts? I’d love to hear what you’re making in the comments!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by laura padgett

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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8:41PM PDT on May 17, 2013

Interesting tips and the best thing will be many months before Christmas is even remotely near and I can enjoy a lot of hot weather and not even think about the dreaded snow and freezing cold to come.

1:56AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

Beautiful! Will use some of these! :-D

6:36AM PST on Dec 3, 2012


6:34AM PST on Dec 1, 2012

Nice ideas.

6:27PM PST on Nov 30, 2012

Nothing new here except the Epsom salt cone.

5:46PM PST on Nov 29, 2012

I like Jonjon's idea of making a christmas tree out of pine cones :)

10:23PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

lovely ideas... when I am done w/them I use them to help start a warm cozy fire...

10:15PM PDT on Jun 22, 2012

I have a little miniature villiage. I buy one little shop or church etc each xmas. I set them out on a white table cloth (for snow), sometimes adding cottonwool. And I use a few of the smaller, upright pinecones as little pine trees behind the houses. You can use 'Santa Snow' spray if you want them to appear to have snow on them. But I prefer just a little on the tips of the 'branches' or just natural.

9:08PM PDT on May 12, 2012

thanks, love pine cones

1:55PM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Love pine cones!

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