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Pinecone Christmas Trees

Projects from Family Times magazine, Kids DIY

Getting out and about to collect pinecones is step one in our Christmassy art project made with Resene Testpot colours. We found our cones alongside the bike tracks at Bottle Lake Forest.

How to make pinecone Christmas trees
Merry Christmas!
Tip: Use Resene FX Metallic Gold to decorate the pots.

You will need

  • Pinecones
  • Small terracotta pots
  • Paint brushes
  • Resene Testpots
  • Pom poms for decorations
  • Glue

We used these Resene testpot colours:


  1. Paint your pots in two coats of Resene Roadster. Let them dry in between (if littlies can wait).

  2. Cover your pinecones with Resene Goblin paint. Use an old brush (it’s hard on the bristles) and push it down between the scales to get good coverage.

  3. When the green paint is dry, use Resene Black White and dab it on the ends of each of the pinecone scales to look like snow. Make sure you put plenty of paint on the brush for a more realistic look.

  4. Glue the pinecones onto the top of the painted terracotta pots.

  5. Decorate your trees

Summer / 2021

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