Pine cones are convenient materials for craft projects, especially since you can find them laying around outside. The sturdy and light cones are interesting, versatile and free. All you need are basic craft supplies, such as glue and paint, to turn any pine cone into an attractive decoration for your home or into a gift for a friend.
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Pine Cone Christmas Tree
Pine cone Christmas trees are cheap and easy to construct. Select a large pine cone and break off the stem, if it has one. Gather assorted craft scraps, such as beads and ribbons, to decorate the pine cone. Glue beads, sequins or buttons like ornaments around the cone. Add tinsel, ribbon or string as garland. Glue a large bead on the tip of the cone to serve as a tree topper. Place the pine cone on a shelf or table once dry.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
This easy bird feeder craft is low-budget and popular with kids. Rinse and dry a large pine cone. Wrap a piece of string tightly around the pine cone tip to make a loop for hanging. Use a knife to smear the entire cone with creamy peanut butter. Pour birdseed into a bowl and roll the cone in the seeds until covered. Shake the pine cone off over the bowl to remove any loose bits and hang the bird feeder from a tree branch.
Pine Cone Ornament
Create a decorative ornament for any holiday using only a pine cone, paint, ribbon and glitter spray. Rinse and dry any size pine cone. Decorate the tips of each scale with craft paint. You can alternate red and pink for a Valentine's Day theme, for example. Let the paint dry and lightly coat the entire pine cone with silver glitter spray. Tie a red ribbon around the tip of the pine cone and hang it from a doorknob, hook or curtain rod. Glue a bead to the bottom of the cone or a bow over the top to give the ornament an even fancier appearance.
Pine Cone Wreath
An earthy pine cone wreath on your front door works for any season. Use a plastic foam or cardboard wreath form as your base. Rinse and dry pine cones in assorted sizes. Arrange the pine cones around the form, using small cones to fill the gaps. Use glue to afix each cone to the form and let dry. Hang the wreath as is tie a bow around the bottom before hanging on your door.
Pine Cone People
Start with a large pine cone and break off any stem. Check that the pine cone stands with the tip pointing upright. Use craft paint and small brushes to paint two eyes, a nose and a mouth on and acorn, with the acorn cap pointing upward. Glue the acorn head onto the top of the pine cone and let dry. Use paint or felt scraps to add further embellishments, such as arms or a scarf.
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