Pine cone decorations are fun and festive for the winter season and Christmas holiday. When autumn arrives, there's no shortage of pine cones falling off of trees. Rather than ask the kids to rake them up and throw them away, why not turn these little cones into something beautiful and useful for the holiday mantel or the Christmas tree?
This holiday pine cone decorations craft only requires a few pine cones, some paint and glue and a few cotton balls. The result—either a whimsical mini Christmas tree or a series of ornaments—will certainly spruce up your holiday decorations. And the best part is, the kids will look forward to raking up the pine cones! Make pine cone decorations with your child to celebrate the beauty of winter.
What You Need:
- Pine cones – various shapes and sizes will work
- Green paint
- Bowls for paint
- Craft glue
- Silver and gold glitter
- Sequins – various shapes such as circle and snowflakes
- Cotton balls
- Red ribbon (optional)
What You Do:
- Lay newspaper on a work surface (this could get messy!)
- Turn a pine cone over and place dabs of glue on the bottom. Take a cotton ball one at a time and glue them to the bottom of the pine cone so some of the cotton ball is sticking out over the edges. Voila – we have snow!
- If you would like to make mini Christmas trees, you need to paint the pine cones green. If you want them to look like natural trees, wait until the next step.
- Turn the pine cone over and let it sit on cotton balls. Pour some green paint in to a bowl and using a paintbrush, paint the cone until it's covered in green, being careful not to let the paint get on the cotton balls.
- Once it's dry, dab some craft glue on the pointy tips of the pine cone. If your cone doesn't have any paint, use the glue more liberally all over the cone.
- Sprinkle glitter on the cone until all the glue is covered in glistening silver or gold.
- To make the trees really sparkle and come alive (or if your kids just love sequins) dab more glue on the tips of the pine cone and place a piece of sequins all around the tree. And for even more added glamour, have the kids wrap a thin red ribbon around the pine cone like a garland.
- When you're all finished, either place the trees on the mantle, or tie a ribbon to the top of the pine cone and hang from your real tree. The kids have now helped you clean up the yard and made you a new set of holiday decorations!
Lisa M. Cope is a freelance writer who focuses on parenting and child development issues, among many others. She is the mother of two boys, ages five and two.