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Pinecone Ball Ornament

Turn a simple round ornament into a natural beauty using pinecones flecked in gold.

Pinecone ball ornament.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Hot-glue gun and clear glue sticks
  • Painter’s tape


  • 1-1/2-in to 2-in-diameter pinecones
  • 6-in shatterproof round ornament
  • Wide red ribbon
  • Valspar spray paint, gold metallic

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Step 1

Place pinecones stem-end down on newspaper or cardboard and spray with metallic gold paint.

Good to Know

Use a loop of painter’s tape under the base of each pinecone to hold it in position for painting.

Step 2

Apply glue to a pinecone.

Brace the round ornament on the roll of painter’s tape and apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a painted pinecone. Immediately press the pinecone against the ornament and hold it until the glue cools.

Step 3

Glue pinecones in a tight bunch.

Test the fit of additional pinecones on the ball before gluing them in place in a tight bunch.

Step 4

After covering the ornament, hang it from a string or wire and spray on an additional coat of gold paint.

Step 5

Cut a piece of ribbon about 12 inches to 18 inches long and glue the ends to the ball to form a loop for hanging. Add a bow from the same ribbon if desired.

Step 6

Pinecones cover a 6-inch round ornament for a natural look with a touch of gold. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

The loop can be attached to a light fixture using a wire or cable ties, or tacked to siding as desired.