Holiday Craft: Snowy Pine Cone Centrepiece

Finished pinecones on the mantle.

One of the things I like most about doing crafts with my kids is that it allows us to slow down and spend some time together. And when that craft results in something really pretty (not to mention useful!), it makes that time we spend on it doubly worthwhile.

This pine cone centrepiece requires a couple of steps but is very simple to make.

What you’ll need:

• Pine cones (We made a game of it and collected ours on the way home from school.)
• Cookie sheet
• Parchment paper
• White paint
• Glitter
• Glass container


Did you know that the sticky pine sap will slide right off the pine cones if you pop them in the oven for a little while? Cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper and lay the pine cones out in a single layer. Bake in a 200°F oven for about 30 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet while they’re still warm and let cool on a layer of newspaper. 

Bonus tip: The best way to remove sticky pine sap from your hands is to rub them with a bit of shortening and then wash with dish soap.

Pinecone painting in progress.


Time to decorate! We mixed white acrylic paint with glossy gel medium (to make it a bit thicker), but it will work just fine without it. Brush the paint on the edges of the pine cones for a snowy effect. Glitter is pretty but optional.

Once they’re dry, put them in a pretty glass bowl. Our pine cones are on the mantle right now:


When it’s time for Christmas dinner we’ll transfer the bowl to the dining room table.

My youngest is incredibly proud that our craft will be the centerpiece of our special family dinner. And I think that’s a pretty nice gift to give a kid, don’t you?

Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at every Friday.

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