How to Make a Leather Pinecone

Here is a really pretty hand made pinecone that will work perfectly with all of your Holiday decor.

Supplies needed – pattern, pipe cleaners, tooling leather*, spacers**, hole punch and water.

*I used 2 – 3 oz oak tanned leather sides, you can buy a scrap bag from your local leather store or from here.
**Spacers should be about 1/8 inch thick. I used leather, but you could use felt, plastic or cardboard if you don’t have thicker leather.

Download Pinecone Pattern Here.

To transfer pattern to leather, simply wet the leather with a spray bottle.

 Place pattern on top, trace over pattern with chopstick or sharp point.

Pattern will be carved in the leather. Cut out your pieces. Trace and cut 3 pieces of each size within the pattern.

Punch holes in the center of your pieces.

Using a spray bottle,

spray your pieces wet.

Pinch your pieces up.

Then push the ends up. Set aside to dry.

Tie off one end of your pipe cleaner.

Beginning with your biggest piece, thread your pieces on your pinecone, using a spacer between each piece.

Once you’re done, putting all the pieces on, cut off the end of the pipe cleaner, tying a little knot in the end.

Spray again, very lightly to do final shaping as it dries fully.


  1. thenauticalwheeler :
    Love the idea! ~jen
  2. dandee :
  3. Whitney Lane :
    Oh my... this is wonderful. If I had the patience, I'd have a whole bowl full of them on my coffee table! What an incredible idea!!
  4. Morlee :
    Fantastic idea. Might do this for my Christmas tree!
  5. Katie :
  6. Jennifer :
    LOVE!! So pretty. I could see a whole bowl of these!
  7. alittlebirdytoldmeso :
    wow. most stylish decoration of the season so far!
  8. Anneliese :
    This is seriously so gorgeous!
  9. jacquelynnicole :
    it's so rare to find classy fall decorations! LOVE this idea!
  10. the mama monster :
    oh man i love this.
  11. mamafox :
    I LOVE THIS! this is going on my "to do" list. Thank you!
  12. Bon Bon :
    adorable! and who knew, pinecones could be so adorable and cool?:-) xoxo
  13. Sarah@AlpinePoppy :
    Seriously? Are you for reals? I cant even...
  14. Lia :
    Just joined your blog, you have an amazing creative gift. Loved the pinecones idea!
  15. Shannon :
    So creative! I absolutely love these.

  16. Who is G? :
    You did great on Studio5 b.t.w. I came over here from the Daybook after reading your guest post, then saw you on t.v. last night (thanks dvr) and was like, hey, I know her...well, not really, but still :)
  17. Kara @ June & Bear :
    Love these. They are perfect.
  18. Les Arts Plastiques :
    Oh my god, this is amazing!
  19. Punctuation Mark :
    this is adorable and a fantastic thing to do for the holidays!
  20. :
    That is so cool! I want to make a bunch for my tree. I would love to share the link to your tutorial with my readers if you didn't mind.
  21. antArtiste :
    Nice work...... my father is a shoe maker and gave me a lot of leather left-overs...
    so you gave me a lot of ideas... thank you...
    Your site is just Amazing! I love DIY things & your blog is so cool :)
    I am a newest follower now..come visit me & catch some DIY ideas at my blog..I m sure u will enjoy :)
    Have a Lovely Day!
  23. Sandi :
    Oh, I love this charming little pinecone. I would love a whole basket filled by my fireplace, on the bathroom counter, on my dining room table . . . Thank you for sharing!
    • Susan :
      thank you! you're so sweet.

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