Published on December 23rd, 2014 | by Kristen Swain2
These pinecone ornaments are a cross-over craft.
By that, I mean, they are fun to do for a LOT of ages.
I will show you, you can fancy up these ornaments for an adult to make.
Or, keep them simple, and they are a great kid’s craft.
It’s all up to you on how you want to make them. That’s what is so fantastic about these ornaments.
Let me tell you, Christmas gets crazy for us. Just like it does for you.
I like to begin shopping early, wrap and get presents done. Bake and freeze and do as much as I can as early as I can.
So, I have time to sit down and do a small craft with the minions.
It’s not easy. But it’s worth it.
Usually each year I buy those cinnamon scented pinecones. I guess as I walk through the store, people pass out behind me from the over-powering smell….
…leaving scent-overwhelmed patrons in my wake. muwahahaha.
Then I get home, one day later, what cinnamon scent?
It’s not that I’ve gotten used to it. It’s just not very strong any more. At the end of the holiday, I pack up the weakly-cinnamon-scented cones in with my holiday stuff.
Then by next year, what do I do with all these pinecones? I mean, I have loads and loads.
Then I thought, how about painting them? Maybe add a touch of glitter?
Then I thought, what about a hanger, to hang them on the tree? And, maybe a ribbon?
So here’s whatcha’ll need.
Acrylic paint. I buy the cheap kind.
A cheap brush. I squished it into the middle of the cones, so don’t worry about a good one getting ruined.
Glitter – buy a single or a pack.
Paper plate – these are invaluable. They are cheap, and they keep the mess to a minimum.
Take out some paint.
Paint the pinecone.
This is the part that is up to you. Kids might just paint the outsides. Adults might paint the whole thing.
Leave it up to them.
I’d say from 4 years old and up could probably do this if they are focused.
Sit the pinescone facing up. Make sure you have it as painted as you want to.
Sprinkle glitter if you desire. I used the same color glitter as the paint. Kid and adult can do this.
Let it dry.
I will point out how interesting I found the cones to be as they were drying and after. They pulled back in tight on themselves, and formed beautiful rose-like pinecones. Some of them released when fully dry, and some stayed up much tighter than before painting.
At this point, you can be finished with the craft.
You can paint up a bunch and use them as vase or basket filler. They are beautiful, and you can do many colors to compliment your decor.
Or, we can add strings to hang them.
I used hot glue and some red string I had.
When I hang ornaments, I put the knot into the glue, it will never come untied.
Hang this from your tree as is…
Or, get some pretty ribbons, tie them into bows and hot glue to the string at the pinecone.
See what I mean? They are beautiful.
What a way – a very inexpensive way – to add color and decor to your tree without spending a lot of money!
All the colors look so pretty!
At night, they sparkle and shine in the lights of the tree!
What pretty ornaments. They are so easy to make.