Pine Cone Topiary

I saw these pine cone topiaries on Ballard Designs and thought they were so pretty, but knew I could recreate one for a lot less!

I called up my sweet Mother, who graciously gathered pine cones from her backyard in Washington and brought them with her to Texas where we were all having Thanksgiving at my brother’s house! I had to let them dry out a bit before I could use them, so they would open up, but here’s how my topiary turned out:
Even thought it was really easy to do, it was definitely time consuming, it took two nights to finish, but I just worked on it while I watched TV with the hubs. It also took way more pine cones than I thought, so I ended up only making one.

Here’s what I used:

• 6″ styrofoam ball
• black garbage bag
• pinecones
• hotglue
• white spray paint


1. Wrap a black garbage sack around your styrofoam ball, twist the bag tight and tie it off with a twisty tie. Cut off the extra plastic from bag. This will keep the white from peeking through and help the pine cones adhere better.

2. Drench the tied end in hot glue to keep it from coming undone.

3. Grab the middle of the pine cone, and twist the bottom to create a “smaller” pine cone. Get rid of the bottom, you’ll only use the top. Make sure all your tops are about the same size to get a symmetrical ball.

4. Hot glue your pine cones onto the covered ball, starting at the top and working your way down until the whole ball is covered.

5. Lightly spray paint with white or silver spray paint, I used white.

I got the planter at Hobby Lobby, it was $7.99, but it was half off, sweet deal!

If you’re not as lucky as me to have a Mom do the dirty work for you, or if you don’t live in the Northwest, Michael’s has some pre-painted smaller pine cones in bags in the floral section. I love this project because I can keep it up all winter!

Originally posted on Crazy Domestic 2010 by Megan
Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. Margo says

    I love this idea… so easy and Beautiful… Will have to do this for next year for sure!! Thanks! :O)

  2. LaKeta says

    Love love love this!!! I have a ton of pine cones just waiting for a project…I think I found it!!! Thanks for sharing!


  3. Michelle says

    that is BEAUTIFUL! and could be used through january! hmmm…maybe i'll ask mom to bring some over for Christmas…

  4. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says

    what a pretty topiary! I love it, and my kids love collecting pine cones. Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

  5. TEKM says

    I am bookmarking this for sure!! As soon as the snow melts enough for me to find the pine cones I will be gathering some for this project. Did you display yours indoors or outdoors?

  6. Megan says

    TEKM, I kept mine indoors, when the pinecones get wet, they swell shut. If you collect yours after your snow melts, a good way to dry them out so they open up is to put them on cookie sheet covered with foil and stick them in the oven on warm until they open!

  7. Amanda says

    Love this, been saving it for a while 😉 I've featured you on Craft Gossip here

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