Top 10 Things to do With Pine Cones

While out walking the dog in the woods I often see Conifer cones all over the floor, just about everywhere. But the other day I saw someone collecting them (hundreds of them) and wondered what on earth they could make or indeed do with all that make pine cones. Well, it seems there are quite a lot of options, but I thought I would bring you just 10…


Top 10 Things to do With Pine Cones


Pine Cones Turned into Christmas decorations
Pine Cones Turned into Christmas decorations

10 – Life at the tip of colour.

This idea to use pine cones with coloured tips as a Christmas tree decoration is one great idea and a great way to start this top 10 off. Fun to make and great to look at, they are sure to make a great talking point for anyone who sees them.

Pinecone Monsters
Pinecone Monsters

9 – Monster Cones

Why not make some of these fun pinecone monsters with the kids and hang them up all around the garden! They are more than enough to scare the bird away.

Pine Cones Turned into Turkeys
Pine Cones Turned into Turkeys

8 – Gobble, Gobble!

While it might be better to make these around Christmas time, the general idea of turning a pine cone into a turkey is a fun thing to do at any time of the year! Please do check out the link  to see the other pine cone ideas the page offers as their all good.

Pine Cones Turned into Owl
Pine Cones Turned into Owl

7 – The Wise old Cone.

What is not to like about making a lovable baby own from a pine cone? It just doesn’t matter how old you are, this would be a fun thing to make, I will definitely be trying to make one of these myself.

Paint dipped pine cones
Paint dipped pine cones

6 – Dip ’em, Stack em!–cones

Nothing is more simple than dipping the pine cones into some coloured paint and placing them in a glass display vase. It looks great, simple to do and can bring a nice touch of colour to any home. Well, worth a go I think!

Pine Cones Turned into Bird Feeder
Pine Cones Turned into Bird Feeder

5 – Put it back on the tree!

The perfect way to put a pine cone back into nature is to change it into a rather cool bird feeder! I won’t go into details on how to make one here, but there is a full making guide to be found in the link. I rather like this idea.

Pine Cones Turned into wedding toppers
Pine Cones Turned into wedding toppers

4 – The perfect day.

There pine cone wedding toppers are the perfect way to make a wedding day and indeed wedding cake stand out from the crowd. Cheap, beautiful and strangely awesome as well! Please do visit the like to see the others photos from this wedding as they are well worth seeing.

Pine Cones Turned into basket for bicycle
Pine Cones Turned into basket for bicycle

3 – Basket Case

While it would be hard to make one ourselves, this bicycle baskets made of pine cones it rather amazing and really creative. If I had made this basket I would ride around collecting berries and wildflowers. (Translated means: A loaf of bread from the local shop)

Pine Cone Spider for Halloween
Pine Cone Spider for Halloween

2 – Trick or Tree?

This pine cone spider is simple to make, and is a great idea for a Halloween decoration. Best of all is that if the day is even slightly dry the pine cone will open up and look even scarier! Might well have to make some of these I think, they look fun.

Pine Cones Turned into Mulch
Pine Cones Turned into Mulch

1 –  Back to basics.

Why would you use Pinus coulteri cones as garden mulch? Well it stops local cats and other animals (including all slugs) from digging and indeed pooping on the garden, it will eventually break down into plant food, it looks amazing and the very best thing is that it offers spiders an ideal home and if done close to the house can prevent up to 80% of all spiders going into the house, because they will happily make a nest in the pine cones!

143 thoughts on “Top 10 Things to do With Pine Cones”

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  3. Amazing uses of pine cones, I saw your pine cone boarder as well on Google+, good job Russ.

  4. Those are absolutely brilliant! 🙂 And I used to just think they were useful as firelighters (at which they are excellent by the way!)

    I have sprayed them silver on the tips before for Christmas but that dipping them in different coloured paint and storing them in a jar as home decoration is superb and looks really great.

    Was very taken with the bicycle basket too but not sure I’d have the patience…

  5. Oooh, the DIY bird-feeder is a nice idea… looks like a very gooey process, though, covering them with peanut-butter and then rolling them in bird-seed… The other ideas are very clever too!

  6. Pinecones?
    Hmm. Use to make a hairstyle? Sort of like a hair curler, but pinecone style?
    Use it for extreme baseball or extreme dodgeball?
    Use a bunch to make your own Christmas tree? In fact, stick colorful lights in them, that’d be cool! A decoration thing, but I’m running out of ideas.

  7. It is great fun for the kids to make some, the animals are always worth a go. If you are going to make any of them just click on the images and it will take you to the making guides.

  8. Very creative, I’ll refer back to this when trying to find things for the grand-children to do on a lazy sunday afternoon. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for following! – Tony

  9. That’s the first spider that doesn’t make me wanna scream!
    And thanks for following my blog…..never thought people from outside the Netherlands would find it interesting…..

  10. Thanks for following my blog. That’s how I found yours. I use to do pine cone projects like these with my kids when they were young, so I can attest to the popularity and fun of the projects.

  11. Most of these involve decorating the pinecones (exceptions being the mulch, basket, etc). I’d suggest including more options that do more than take advantage of their aesthetics, but it’s still a neat list!

  12. Very informative blog. Thanks for following Humorous Interludes. I am humbled and delighted. I wish I could find ten uses for it.

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  14. Very inspiring post! I got lots of Ideas I want to try, now.

    – I am doing the thing with the bird food, already – using different seeds and rolled grains with native coconut oil (and native sunflower oil for seeds to spread on a plate with soil). Our little friends out there love it and definitely prefer it to the food you can buy in the stores.

  15. AnElephant thinks you may have missed the best thing to do with pine cones.
    Write about them.
    Poems, short stories or silly rhymes.
    AnElephant ponders, he already has some cool pics.
    Great post, thank you.

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking m post. Glad you did because your own blog is really interesting, food for thought. Take care.

  17. I’m big on the mulch idea as well. And, who couldn’t resist the baby owl. All the ideas are clever. Now I will have to find the pine forest here in Maui. I know there is one upcountry.

  18. I loved this post! What a brilliant idea using pine cones as mulch. As a gardener I am constantly defending my garden from the neighborhood cats. Thanks for the idea!

  19. Great post! I had forgotten the potential of the pine cone! I think I liked the basket and the spider ideas the best. Thank you so much for the great ideas and for the follow! Warmest regards to you and your family this holiday season.

  20. They make great fire starters for the fireplace. You take a egg carton not the styrofoam one the paper one and put enough dryer lent to fill one of the cups then you set a pine come in it and pour old candle wax over it and let it dry. You fill each one like this and let it dry. Cut into individual pieces and put between wood in fireplace and lite the carton on fire and it will start you would on fire. If you use scented candle wax it will make your room small good. The wax will all melt and not make a mess.

  21. For several years now, when I plant my flower pots in the spring, I fill in the spaces with pinecones… this keeps the cats from getting in them. The plants just grow up around them

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  23. I work as a education officer for the RSPB ( Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) in rural Northumberland. Guess what the kids are making next! ……you have given me some really good ideas that I can expand on. Thank you

  24. I love painting mine white then sprinkling some light glitter like snow and hanging them around my Christmas tree! They can be done in bundles and look amazing when finished. It’s a cheep but beautiful decoration!

  25. Love this pine cone crafts post! I love the paint-dipped ones, and the spider hotel ideas (especially the cat-digging prevention!). When I was a child, long ago, we would make the pine cone turkeys at Thanksgiving time (U.S.) in school. Wonder what my mom did with all of those. . .

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  27. What a cool post! I love the Christmas decorations and the bird feeders. What great ways to recycle. I don’t see many pine cones where I live. There are plenty of trees in the park where I walk the dogs but not really woods. I bet you see so many cool things when you walk your dog. Have a great weekend.

  28. I have a real thing about pine cones, Russell … they just seem to good a design to waste so I’m really pleased with these ideas. Going to make the bird feeders immediately …

  29. What is interesting, and just FYI for those thinking of doing these crafts. In many areas it is illegal to gather the pine cones. So make sure to check with your local forestry agency before you gather them up.

  30. I love the creativity and ingenuity. The owl is cute and really looks real; it looks as if #1 has M&M’s on the tips and definitely the mulch. Now all I have to do is find the cones, I am sure there will be some around soon. What a great idea, plus it may discourage weeds from growing as well. Thanks Russell, you made me smile, giggle and enjoy myself.

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