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Pottery Barn Inspired Gold Pinecone Topiaries!

Whether it’s for Thanksgiving or Christmas, I love topiaries for holiday decorating! I spied some pretty GOLD pinecone topiaries in the Pottery Barn catalog the other day: I am in love with gold for the holidays, and I loved the natural elements of the pinecones. I was inspired to create my own version!


pottery barn inspired gold pinecone topiary at tatertots and jello

This is the Pottery Barn version:

pottery barn topiaries

Here’s how I made MY Gold Pinecone Topiaries:

pinecone topiary supplies


4 bags of small pinecones from the craft store.  (2 bags of pinecones per topiary)

Styrofoam Tree Forms (I used two different sizes)

Hot glue gun

Bronze spray paint

Gold craft paint

Metal ribbon (optional)

Craft ribbon (optional)

Candlesticks (mine are from Ikea)

making the pinecone topiary


  • Hot glue the metal ribbon to the bottom of each tree form. I found the metal ribbon at Hobby Lobby. If you can’t use metal ribbon, you can glue pinecones all the way down the tree form. If you like the look of the ribbon at the bottom and can’t find metal ribbon, you can leave a space at the bottom where you can tie a ribbon on.
  • Hot glue the pinecones onto the tree forms. (I wrapped the first form in ribbon first, but I discovered that you don’t need to do that since you are going to spray paint the whole thing later) I did a 2-inch section at a time. I put the hot glue on and then quickly stuck the pinecones on and then pressed them together before the glue cooled so there weren’t as many spaces in between the pinecones.
  • Once the whole tree form is covered with pinecones, take the tree forms out and spray paint them with the bronze spray paint. The spray paint will cover the pinecones and fill in the holes and cover up the hot glue, making the trees an even sparkly bronze color. So pretty!
  • When the tree forms are dry, bring them in and then tie a ribbon at the bottom of the forms and set them on the candlesticks. You can hot glue them on the candlesticks if you want. I just set mine on top, the forms are heavy enough with the pinecones and hot glue that they are pretty stable if you have a candlestick with a big enough top.
  • If you don’t want to use a candlestick, you can take a small dowel and push it up inside of the tree form and then put it inside of a small pot filled with florist foam like the ones in the Pottery Barn catalog.
  • Enjoy your topiaries. I think these would be beautiful on a Thanksgiving OR Christmas table!

pottery barn inspired gold pinecone topiaries at tatertots and jello


… want something more colorful? Check out my pom pom topiaries!

holiday pom pom tress and wreath tutorial at tatertots and jello


Have you decorated with topiaries?

Share your ideas in the comments! I’d love to see them.


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  1. Great post! The pinecones are very pretty. I’ve collected a few bins from my yard. I plan to make larger, outdoor versions of these. Very excited!

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  2. I love these topiaries! I collected bins of pinecones from my property and plan to use your idea to make outdoor topiaries. Love the background “pinwheels” too. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    Tammi http://www.frenchrobindesigns.blogspot.com
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  3. Jen, the pinecone topiaries are just beautiful! Of course, I adore the pom-pom topiaries – they are so my style! :) Thanks for the inspiration!
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  4. I’ve made a quilted pillow using a Topiary theme. My post has a free tutorial here: http://eamylove.blogspot.com/2013/07/welcome-to-christmas-in-july-blog-hop.html
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  5. Wonderful idea i will try make it for me this Christmas.
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  6. I love these and i think yours are better! I am in love with gold spray paint so this post its right up my alley. I’m definitely going to be making these1

  7. These are so cute and festive. thanks for sharing!
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  8. CUTE!!! I am in love with these little guys!
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  9. these turned out gorgeous! love them.


  10. So pretty! I like your version more so than the pb ones. What did you use for your large medallions, love the red!

  11. Love these! Pinned them:-)
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  12. I love the idea with the pine cones!

    Last year I used twine to wrap my topiaries and topped them with glitter ornaments. They add just the right amount of bling to different spaces around our house. http://managingthemanor.com/christmas-cheer-party-christmas-craft/
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  13. Super cute! I’m a certified spray-paint addict, so this is right up my alley! Love it!
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