Bring the woods into your home this holiday season by creating your own whimsical paper pinecones. It’s a project that looks difficult, but is secretly super simple. In this post, we’ll show you how to make your own paper pinecones with a festive Christmas twist. Once you’re done, these lovely paper creations can be displayed in a basket on your dining room table or hung as ornaments from your Christmas tree. For a more unique usage, try draping them from your doorknobs or adding them to Christmas gifts for a personalized touch that is sure to impress and delight!
So put your Christmas music on, pull out your paper, and let’s get started.
What You’ll Need:
(Makes 1 Pinecone)
2 – 12″ x 12″ sheets of B&T Duos™ paper (We used X7187B Yuletide Carol.)
½” metal pins
1 – 2 13/16″ x 3 7/8″ styrofoam egg
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1937 Score Board
Z1783 SureCut™ Deluxe Craft Paper Trimmer
1. Choose a pattern of B&T paper to use for your pinecone. It’s important to use B&T because it will be much easier to fold than regular cardstock. 2. Next, cut two 1 ¼” circles from the corner of one of the sheets of B&T. 3. Using the scoreboard, score all remaining paper (including the paper you cut the circles from) every ¾” both vertically and horizontally to create a pattern of scored ¾” squares across both B&T papers. 4. Now cut all the scored B&T into 1 ½” x 1 ½” squares. This means you will have four ¾” scored squares on each cut 1 ½” x 1 ½” paper square.
5. Fold all the 1 ½” x 1 ½” squares in half and then in half again in order to form a ¾” folded paper square. 6. On the top point of the egg, adhere one of the paper circles using liquid glass and straight pins. Keep the pins close to the outside of the circle so they can be easily concealed. 7. Layer the first five folded paper squares around the paper circle, adhering with pins and drops of liquid glass. Point squares toward the center of the top of the egg and insert pins at the bottom point of the square.
8. Continue layering folded paper squares, working in a circular pattern around the egg. Make sure you cover the raw edges of the preceding layer with each succeeding layer. 9. Once you have reached the bottom of the egg, finish it off by adhering the remaining 1 ¼” circle of paper with liquid glass to cover the raw edges and pins at the bottom. 10. Revel in the beauty of your paper creation.
Nice work! You might just give Mother Nature a run for her money.