Pine cones are a common object that can be transformed into a variety of cute crafts that will entertain busy children and activate their imaginations. These craft ideas are particularly good for days when weather does not permit running and playing outdoors. Buy pine cones at your local craft store, or head out to your backyard or a nearby park with pine trees and pick up pine cones that have fallen on the ground. Watch out for fresh sap that might stick to your fingers and clothes and look for pine cones instead that are drier and ready for craft making.
It's easy to make a baby chick with just a pine cone, yellow acrylic paint, glue, yellow and orange construction paper, a few googly eyes, and a pillow filler. Paint a pine cone yellow and let it dry. While the pine cone dries, cut little yellow feet out of construction paper which are slightly larger than the base of the pine cone. Cut a small orange triangle out of construction paper and fold it in half to create a beak. Once the pine cone is dry, glue the feet to the bottom of the pine cone and the beak about 1/3 of the way down from the top of the pine cone. Insert small pinches of pillow filler into the openings between the pine cone to create feathers for your chick. Glue on the googly eyes to finish the chick.
Pine Cone Christmas Tree
Create a fun daytime craft activity by turning a few ordinary pine cones into Christmas trees. Select large, tree-shaped pine cones that stand upright easily. Gather glitter, a few cotton balls, white glue, dental floss, a sewing needle, a few beads, and a small star. Glue three or four cotton balls to the bottom of your pine cone. Put a dot of glue at the end of all the pine cone tips, and sprinkle glitter all over the pine cone. String about 10 to 15 small beads onto a piece of dental floss to create a garland for your pine cone tree and drape it around your tree starting at the top and moving down. Tie a knot into the ends of the string to keep the beads from falling off. Place a star or bow at the top for decoration.
Glitter Pine Cones
It's easy to dress up drab pine cones with fancy glitter and make them sparkle for a fun afternoon craft. Lay out a piece of newspaper and set pine cones on top of the paper. Pour white glue into a small paper bowl or plate and roll the pine cones in the glue to prepare them for coating with glitter. Sprinkle glitter all over the pine cones and shake the excess off. Let the pine cones dry. Fasten one end of a pipe cleaner around the tip of the pine cone by wrapping it around once and twisting the shorter end of the pipe cleaner to its longer end. Form a hook shape out of the remaining pipe cleaner and use the pine cones as ornaments.
Bird Feeder Buffet
Create a bird feeder out of a pine cone. All you'll need is a piece of heavy string or shoelace, a pine cone, pencil, peanut butter, birdseed, stale bread, cookie cutter, and a Popsicle stick. Tie the string around the top of a pine cone and create a knot in it, leaving enough slack to tie the string around a tree branch to hang the bird feeder when it's done. Use a Popsicle stick to spread peanut butter over the surface of the pine cone and then roll the pine cone in a plate of birdseed. Use a cookie cutter to cut a shape out of a piece of stale bread. Spread peanut butter on the bread and roll it in birdseed. Poke a hole with a pencil in the bread and loop a piece of yarn through it. Allow the bread to dry completely until it is hard. Hang the bread and pine cone outside and watch as birds enjoy your buffet.