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Pinecone Tree Stand

A pyramid of dried pinecones dressed with silver spray paint conceals the tree stand of this Fraser fir. 

Photography: Lucas Allen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2007


Unpainted pinecones also make a decorative camouflage for the base of a Christmas tree, and blend in especially well with a "live" tree, hiding the roots while they insulate and keep them moist.


  • Pinecones

  • Silver floral spray or spray paint

  • 2-inch wide masking tape

  • Large circular tray


  1. In a well-ventilated area, coat dried pinecones with silver floral spray or silver spray paint. Let dry.

  2. Using 2-inch-wide masking tape, tape around the tree stand to create a pyramid, leaving an opening for watering the tree.

  3. Place tree stand on top of a large circular tray.

  4. Arrange pinecones in a mound around the taped tree stand and on the tray.

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