Pinecone Topiary Trees featuring Michelle from Sweet Something Designs {Handmade Holidays Project No.20}

Pinecone Topiary Trees featuring Michelle from Sweet Something Designs {Handmade Holidays Project No.20}

Welcome back to the continuation of the Handmade Holiday Series featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. This week we are sharing a total of twenty five inspiring projects to create for the upcoming holiday season.

I am thrilled to introduce our next guest,
Michelle from Sweet Something Designs

Infusing natural rustic decor into your holiday decor creates a casually elegant style that is warm and welcoming. Michelle’s Pinecone Topiary Trees do just that, emphasizing materials such as pinecones that can be found right in your own back yard. Please welcome Michelle.

What an honor it is to be included in Stephanie Lynn’s Handmade Holiday featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam.


I have used STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam for years and today, I want to show you how to create a Pinecone Topiary. It’s gonna be fun!

Here is what you will need:

2-12″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cones
Hot Glue Gun
Mod Podge
Burnt Umber Craft Paint
Gold Spray Paint (not pictured)
Martha Stewart Glitter in White Gold
Heavy Duty Scissors
Paint Brush

I have always collected pinecones and have them readily available, but if you can’t harvest them yourself, you can certainly buy them by the bag at your local craft store (and they are usually scented, bonus!).

The very first thing I did before I cut was mist each pinecone with gold spray paint, not total coverage, just enough to give them a little metallic sparkle.

Once the gold paint dried, I cut the ‘petals’ off of three medium (6″) size pinecones. I thought that it would take a lot more, but only three. Using heavy duty scissors, cut off all the petals and set them aside. It might look difficult, but I promise, it is really easy. With the heavy duty scissors, I was done in no time.

Next, paint the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cone with burnt umber craft paint and let dry. This is so you don’t have any white peeking out from in between the petals.

Once your STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cone is dry, it’s time to start gluing the petals on. This process went really quickly. Don’t waste your time gluing each petal on one, by one, go ahead and run a line of glue and line the petals up side by side. Do not worry about the cut ends being perfectly straight, the ends will be covered by the next row.

Keep gluing the petals on, in an over-lapping brick pattern. See how the gold paint gives it just a little bit of light?

Once you reach the top, invert and glue some of the petals to keep the cone shape

Once you have covered the entire STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cone with petals, now it is time to add a little glitter.

Using a paint brush, lightly brush Mod Podge on the petals. Do as much or as little as you’d like.

Sprinkle glitter on the wet Mod Podge, and knock off excess. The glitter really adds a finishing touch and really, what project doesn’t look good with glitter? 🙂

I worked around the topiary, row by row, the Mod Podge dries too quickly to try to cover the whole thing, so just work in sections.

Once everything has dried, you have created beautiful Pinecone Topiaries! They look beautiful alone, but I did elevate one on a vintage brass candleholder, to add some height. I adore the rustic, woodland feel of them and love the added sparkle!

They are certainly a welcome addition to my holiday decor and now I want to make bigger ones!

Thank you to STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam and Stephanie Lynn for having me! I hope you give this project a try!

♦ For more inspiring projects and crafts, visit Sweet Something Designs
You can also connect with Michelle on Facebook

Thanks so much Michelle for sharing these pinecone topiaries. I am a huge fan of adding natural rustic elements to any seasons decor and just love the texture the pinecone pieces add to these trees. Love the touch of glitter too – it looks like little snowcaps!
We have lots more inspiring projects coming up today. I’ll be back shortly with our next guest. For a review of all the previous projects in this series simply click the event button above ~ Enjoy.

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  1. Wow! These are breathtaking!!!
    I’d sure love for you to share these with my readers too!

    [email protected]
    I pinned this on pintrest too!

  2. These trees are gorgeous! I’m pinning them to my Christmas board. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. These are lovely — and it just so happens that I have some perfect pinecones for the project! Well, as soon as Thanksgiving is over and they’re not a part of my turkey centerpiece, that is! 🙂

  4. OH thank you very much! I have a cardboard cone and TONs of pinecones and glitter!! I know my husband will be so happy that I am finally doing something with all the pinecones I’ve collected over the years. So once again thank you!

  5. those look amazing!! i can’t wait to make mine this weekend. as always thank you for your wonderful creative mind. 🙂

  6. These are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Oh that is soo cool! Now I can do something with pine cones just lying around the ground!

    Thanks for sharing


  8. These are just gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  9. These are gorgeous! My SIL made wreath ornaments in a similar fashion one year and I still hang it on my tree every year.

  10. Thank you so much for having me Stephanie Lynn! Thank you all for your sweet comments everyone!

  11. These are beautiful!

  12. Ok-these are Beautiful!!! I might try them_if I can muster up the patience, lol.

  13. I really like the pinecone trees..
    Great job..

  14. J adore Merci pour ces jolies choses a partager

    Bonne journée

  15. So rustic, yet stunning. I love these and hope to try them out.

  16. I love these. Thanks for sharing such an easy to follow tutorial.

  17. I like pine cone crafts and this is a really beautiful one. Love how they turned out.

  18. What a great idea. I have made many things with pinecones, but never thought of this one. I can’t wait to make them.



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