I happen to have a longleaf pine in my backyard. I’ve always been fond of this tree, but this is the first year I put it to use. In the fall, it dropped its dead needles before my maple let its leaves loose, so I was able to rake up the longleaf pine needles and and use them as free mulch in my garden.
Next, I saw tassels made from longleaf pines, and used in gift wrapping. Yeah, I made at least a dozen, plus decorated a stocking with them.
This brings me to my third application of longleaf pine needles for the year: a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
DIY Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Craft
Supplies: Longleaf pine branch, popsicle stick, small, red pom pom, hot glue, tacky glue, shadow box or foam core board
Place your branch on your foam core or the back of the shadow box. This will hep you or your child estimate where the base of the tree will be – somewhere off-center to the left.
Cut or break the popsicle stick in half and glue it down in an X. This will be the base of the tree. You can use tacky glue for this.
Next, add dabs of hot glue at the bottom of the branch, half way up and right at the part where the branch meets the needles.
Press the glued branch into the foam core so the bottom lands in the top center of the popsicle X and the rest of it curves around like a candy cane.
Trim any needles that are sticking out past the foam core.
Glue down one red pom pom (or rolled up ball of recycled red tissue paper). Position it at the lowest pine needle.
“I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.” ~Lucy Van Pelt
Like I said earlier, I also used the longleaf pine branches to make tassels. Here is the stocking I decorated with them.
This was a dollar store stocking that I refashioned with lace, an ice skate made from cardboard, glitter glue, and if you look real close, you’ll notice hand beading at the top of the stocking.