How to make owls from pinecones

Written by robin winters | 13/05/2017
How to make owls from pinecones
A pine cone can quickly be transformed into an owl. (Pinecone 01 image by C.Y.Ronnie.W from

A simple pine cone is the base for a multitude of children's crafts, including an owl. Pine cones are often found on the ground near the base of a pine tree or can be purchased from a craft store. The size of the pine cone doesn't matter for making an owl. Although, the larger pine cones are easier for little hands to work with. Standing the pine cone up vertically, the largest part of the pine cone will serve as the bottom of the owl and the smallest part as the head.

Find the best looking side of the pine cone to use as the front of the owl. For example, if there is some damage to the pine cone, use the damaged side for the back.

Lay the pine cone horizontally on the work area. Glue two wiggle eyes near top, or smallest part, of the pine cone. Eyes should be spaced evenly from one another. Pine cone may need to be held in place to keep it from rolling.

Cut a small triangle out of orange felt or construction paper for the beak. Glue it onto the pine cone with the two-sided edge below the wiggle eyes.

Hold pine cone vertically. Glue the craft feathers on the back of the pine cone owl. Feathers should be glued deep inside the pine cone. Put glue directly on pine cone before adhering feathers or on the feather tip before inserting into pine cone. Use as many or as little feathers as desired, depending on the pine cone size.

Things you need

  • Pine cone
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Piece of orange felt or construction paper
  • Craft feathers

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