Pinecone Christmas Decoration Ideas That Prove Pine Trees are the Ultimate Resource for Holiday Decor

Tiny Christmas Arrangement with Pinecone and Holly Berries
Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Design: Kathleen Varner

Sometimes the easiest and prettiest Christmas decor is what's readily available in your backyard. While you may think that pinecones are too rustic for your personal taste, we're here to show you how to make Christmas decorations out of pinecones that can fit in any style of home. We've included cozy country cabins and breezy holiday escapes that all use pinecone Christmas decorations. A wreath, garland, mantle, or centerpiece all have the potential for natural holiday elegance with pinecones. We even have a few ideas for a Christmas tree decorated with pinecones. The inspiration that follows is all easily replicable whether you forage for pinecones in your back yard or purchase a bundle from your local craft store. You could even pair your pinecone decorations with a pretty dried citrus garland, or fresh citrus for a display that's bursting with character. Plus, your holiday guests will be so impressed when they learn that your Christmas decorations made with pinecones were a quick DIY project. With a bit of ribbon, wire, hot glue, and creativity, practically any DIY Christmas pinecone decorations you can think of are possible.

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Conical Citrus

Citrus and Pinecone Front Door Christmas Decor
Laurey W. Glenn; Floral Design: Mary Cox Brown; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

There's something about the mixture of waxy orange peels and magnolia leaves with the rustic appearance of a pinecone that makes this door decor pop. You can find oversized pinecones online and at craft stores during the holidays.

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Pinecones that Glitter

Christmas Tree with Gold Feathers and Pinecones
Helen Norman

A mixture of shimmery ceramic pinecone ornaments and real oversized pinecones give this Christmas tree a vintage-inspired look.

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Pinecone Juleps

Tiny Christmas Arrangement with Pinecone and Holly Berries
Robbie Caponetto; Design: Kathleen Varner

Pinecones can be beautiful table arrangements when paired with other fresh clippings from your yard. Here, holly berries, magnolia leaves and pinecones adorn a silver julep cup.

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Front Door Pining

Pinecone Wreath
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

You'll feel like you're walking into a winter wonderland with Fraser fir garland and oversized pinecones donning your porch.

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Bleached Pinecones

Bleached Pinecones
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

For a muted natural tone in your decor, mix two parts bleach and one part water, then soak your pinecones for 24-48 hours. Rinse them and let them dry before winding them with ribbon or wire for your garlands.

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Pinecones in the Frost

Flocked Pinecones
Laurey W. Glenn

Lightly spray paint pinecones with white paint to get a frosted or flocked appearance. Wreaths can double as simple table arrangements.

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Ribbons, Pheasant Feathers, and Pinecones – Oh My!

Paxton Entry Hall in Thomasville, GA
Photo: Robbie Caponetto; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

Pinecones and pheasant feathers pop against a dark green fir garland and a giant velvet ribbon.

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Visions of Red and Green

Banister greenery swag with red bow and pinecones
Alison Gootee; Styling: Elizabeth Demos

You can never go wrong with a traditional red and green pairing. Layer pinecones at the end of your banister for an unexpected twist on this classic decor style.

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Snowing Pinecones

Snowy Pinecone Wreath
Laurey W. Glenn

Long, skinny pinecones, like the ones that fall from White Pines, work best for this DIY Southern wreath. Spray paint the pinecones and hot glue them in your desired shape onto a wreath frame. Finish the look with layered ribbons.

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Hidden Pines

Christmas Exteriors Attention-Grabbing Archway
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Design: Keith Taylor; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

The pinecones in this extravagant magnolia garland blend right into the brown leaf undersides. It's just the right amount of texture for the arrangement.

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Jingle Bells

Blue front door with Christmas wreath with blue ribbon, pinecones, and bells
Alison Gootee; Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Mini pinecones are an adorable addition to this classic holiday wreath. A big blue bow ties it all together.

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Go Bold

Red and Silver Greenery Display Over Mantel
Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Silver oversized pinecone ornaments add warmth to this mantle arrangement and match the chair coverings.

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Peeking Pines

Fresh Spruce and Pinecone Christmas Centerpiece
Photo: Helen Norman; Styling: Sybil Sylvester

If you don't want pinecones to be the stars of your centerpiece but want their texture and rustic charm to be on display, try using them as filler in a centerpiece that also boasts sprigs of pine, spruce, and magnolia.

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Pinecone and Ornament Hurricanes

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Ornaments in Cylinders
Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

It doesn't get much easier than filling an extra glass hurricane with leftover ornaments and pinecones. You could even get the kids involved if you want to add a little sparkle to your pinecones with mod podge and glitter.

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A Rustic Welcome

Christmas Decorating Ideas: Mailbox Topper
Photo by Jim Bathie

If you're hosting a holiday party and want your guests to easily identify your house, just tell them it's the house with the pinecone and ornament mailbox topper. Not only will they be impressed by your use of fresh winter clippings and cabbage but also, you'll be able to use up those leftover plastic ornaments in your stash.

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Pinecone Bird Feeders

Pinecone Bird Feeders
Laurey W. Glenn

Pinecone bird feeders are a fun activity to do with the kids, and they make adorable ornaments for your backyard shrubs when tied with red ribbon.

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Glimmering Gold Pinecones

Pair Glamour with Nature
Erica George Dines; Design: Katherine Cobbs

Spray gold paint on pinecones from your yard and use them as place cards for your holiday meals.

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Coastal Cones

Coastal Christmas Tree
Photo: Helen Norman; Design: Seleta Hayes Howard; Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Even a home on the seashore can be decorated with pinecones. White ceramic pinecone ornaments make this tree pop, while oversized faux pinecones tie in the holiday theme on the coffee table.

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Pinecone Fillers

Use Indigenous Accents
Photo: Helen Norman; Design: Seleta Hayes Howard; Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Pinecones can always be used as vase filler and look pretty when paired with tiny ornaments or pine sprigs.

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Mantle in the Pines

Trim the Fireplace
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Make your mantle the true center of your home by giving it a full display with boxwood boughs, Frazer fir clippings, and magnolia leaves. A pretty ribbon and pinecones peaking throughout finish off the look.

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Magnolia Swag

Magnolia Swag
Laurey W. Glenn

Double and triple up pinecones by securing them with wire on a swag that can hang over practically any focal point of your home. Paper ornaments give it an even more festive and homey appearance.

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Dreaming of Pinecones and Magnolia

James Farmer Christmas House Exterior
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Pinecones and magnolia leaves were just meant to be tied together. We love the look of the pinecones peeking out from the magnolia leaves in these wreaths.

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Palms and Pines

The Coastal Getaway
Laurey W. Glenn

Palm fronds and eucalyptus look just as festive when paired with pinecones that dot the mantle.

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Mini Wreaths

Fresh and Natural Christmas Table Setting
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Tiny pinecones make an adorable wreath place setting when paired with ribbon and a hand-written name card.

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Kumquats and Pines

Sophisticated & Natural
Erica George Dines; Design: Marie-Laure Coste Dujols

Kumquats are a seasonal citrus that add just a teensy bit of color to this rustic mantle draping. The pinecones and long boughs of cedar make this cozy study even more enchanting.

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Burlap and Pinecones

Wood Front Door with Cedar Wreath
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Get the farmhouse look by tying a burlap bow and nestling pinecones into a fresh wreath.

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Natural Wonder

Natural Wonder
Hector Manuel Sanchez; styling: Taylor Colson Horton

The mixture of pinecones, dried orange slices, holly berries, and pheasant feathers, which are all lit up by artificial candle votives, make this Christmas tree one to remember.

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Silver and Gold

Evergreen Wreath
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Accent pinecones on an outdoor wreath by pairing them with different size and color ribbons.

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