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Christmas Tree Pine Cone Craft for Kids

Crafts from natural materials are one of my favourites and with so many pine cones collected from walks this fun and quick Christmas Craft to make a Pom Pom Pine Cone Christmas Tree is great fun for the kids. You can keep the tree plain or like we have painted it to make it more tree-like. So here you go an easy Christmas Craft for Kids to make a simple Pine Cone and Pom Pom Christmas Tree.

Pine Cone Ornaments

Pine Cones make a fantastic base for Christmas Ornaments and decorations. Their shape mimics that of Christmas Trees so for kids you can easily and quickly turn them into mini trees like this craft and our pipe cleaner Pine Cone craft.

a pine cone christmas tree with pom pom decorations made by a child

In this craft though, we’re making it even easier and using small pom poms to decorate our Christmas Tree.

In our version we have used primary colours of pom poms but you could use sparkley ones or even glitter versions to spruce up your trees.

Pom Pom Pine Cones Christmas Ornaments

Pom Poms are great for crafts and activities with kids. They come in different sizes which when you have so many different sizes of pine cones means you can find a few that will fit the spaces you have.

adding pom poms to a painted pine cone and gluing in place with Elmer Clear Glue

The added bonus is that once your paint is dry your kids will have to pick up and fit in them to these spaces. It’s a great way to work on fine motor skills and that essential pincer grip that they will need later for holding a pencil and writing.

We’ve chosen to glue ours in place so that we can bring them out year after year, but if you are wanting something a little less messy and that can be reused you can set this up for them to put the “ornaments” (pom poms) on the tree and take them off again as an activity over Christmas.

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What Paint to use for Pine Cone Ornaments

When chosing the paint to use bear in mind that both an acrylic craft paint like Apple Barrel Craft Paint and a washable paint like Crayola works but the washable paint will need a couple of layers to get a vibrant colour.

painted green pine cone drying on a paper plate

You could paint the tree in advance yourself using an acrylic craft paint which means you can keep the mess to a minimum.

painting the parts of the pine cone

However, half the fun of this craft is to paint it. So instead I recommend with toddlers and preschoolers you use a washable paint (go for a more expensive brand e.g. Crayola as the paint will be thicker and better coverage). Then do 2 layers, it doesn’t take long to dry in between and doesn’t need to be fully dry before applying the second layer.

a pine cone Christmas tree painted green and decorated with sparkly pom poms

What Materials Do you Need for This Pine Cone Ornament

  • Pine cone
  • Green craft paint (washable paint e.g. Crayola will need 2 layers or more)
  • Paintbrush
  • Small to medium size pom poms of various colours
  • Glue (we used Elmer Clear Glue)

If you are going to hang your ornaments then you will also need some string, twine or yarn to attach and hang the tree when finished.

christmas craft for kids to make a pine cone christmas tree decorated with coloured pom poms great for toddlers and preschoolers

How to Make a Pom Pom Pine Cone Tree for Christmas

So how do you make this simple pine cone ornament? Well read on and discover how. Don’t forget to save this simple Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to find again!

christmas pine cone ornament with pom poms made by a toddler

Pine Cone Christmas Tree Decoration

Cerys Parker
A simple Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to create a pine cone Christmas tree with pom pom decorations.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Drying Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Equipment Needed

  • Paint brush
  • Paint pallete or washable dish for the paint

Materials Needed

  • 1 pine cone
  • green craft paint with washable you will need 2 or more layers
  • small and medium pom poms various colours of your choice
  • glue white school glue is fine but will take time to dry
  • twine, yarn or string (If you wish to hang your ornament)


  • Hold the pine cone and paint with the green paint. You may need to set aside to dry for a while before painting different areas.
  • If needed add another coat of paint.
  • Once dry, add a pom pom to the top of the tree for the star – we suggest white, gold glitter or yellow. If you are hanging the ornament then attach string, twine or yarn now tying to the top and gluing in place.
  • Glue the other pom poms around the Christmas tree you have created at different points.
  • Allow to dry and then disply
Keyword Christmas Crafts, Natural Crafts, Preschool Craft, Simple Toddler Crafts
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