Easy Pinecone Christmas Crafts

Pinecone Christmas crafts are excellent choices. These projects are easy enough for children to create, yet interesting enough for adults to enjoy as well. What you'll need are both pinecones and craft supplies such as glue, fishing string and perhaps a few sparkly craft supplies.

One of the best parts about this project is that you don't need to buy all of your materials. Take the family out into the woods and have them look for pine cones and other natural materials for these projects. You'll get exercise, free supplies and maybe some lasting memories of your outdoor adventure.

Nature Babies
To create an ornament, you'll need a few items from outdoors. A walk in a forested area or in the park should yield all of the necessary items, or you can buy them at a craft store.

Materials:

  • Dried leaves or artificial leaves
  • Pinecones
  • Acorns
  • Glue
  • Ribbon or fishing string
  • Paper birch (optional)

Start with a dried leaf or artificial leaf that is slightly curled. Leaves with a good stem are perfect. Glue the fishing string to the end of the stem to serve as the hanger. Because the leaf will basically be the baby's bed, it is best if the leaf is slightly but not totally curled. Because this is the base, it's often best to use an artifical leaf, as it will hold up better.

Once the hanger is secure, find a small pinecone and acorn that fit together well. The pinecone represents the baby's body and the acorn the baby's head. Glue the two pieces inside the leaf and you're done. If you want, you can also paint a little glitter onto either the pinecone or the acorn before gluing them in place. Too much glitter can become obtrusive, however, so use glitter sparingly. If you like, you can also create a blanket from a piece of paper birch.

Pinecone Trees
Large pinecones can also be decorated to become tiny Christmas tree ornaments. To create tiny Christmas trees, you'll need to pick up a few craft supplies.

Materials:

  • Fishing string
  • A variety of different pinecones, long and narrow and short and wide
  • Green spray paint (a variety of colors works best)
  • Brown paint (optional)
  • White paint
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Jingle bells
  • Shaped paper cutouts
  • Alphabet pasta

Spray paint the pinecones green. Use the fishing string to create the hanger. Glue the hanger in place at the top of the pinecone. If you want snow on your pinecone, use a small paintbrush and dab white paint on the ends of the pinecone tips. If the pinecone has a small stem, you can paint it brown to represent the tree trunk.

Add glitter, sequins, jingle bells or shaped paper cutouts to the pinecone as decorations. Alphabet pasta can be used to spell out a child's name on the tree.

It's important to note that though real Christmas trees tend to look wonderful when over-decorated, a pinecone can easily get lost in the shuffle when you're adding decorations. A little decoration goes a long way.

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