Homemade Christmas crafts are a great way to save money this year. Pine cones can be used for many interesting decorations the kids will love. What a joy for kids to help make Christmas decorations. This year, try making homemade Christmas crafts for kids using pine cones.
Prepare the work area before beginning. Plastic tablecloths can be found at dollar stores at reasonable prices. Plastic tablecloths are better than newspaper because they won’t stick as badly to paints and glues on the decorations.
Where to Get Pine Cones for Homemade Christmas Crafts
Pine cones can be found nearly anywhere there are pine trees. While going on walks or hikes, carry a bag to pick up fallen pine cones. Many times, discount, craft and dollar stores offer pine cones during the holidays. If pine cones are hard to find, they can be ordered online.
An example of the types of pinecones available for purchase online can be found at General Wax and Candle Company. General Wax offers blue pine cones, which are small and round, for $3 a pound. For other options, just type “buy pine cones online” in a Google search.
Homemade Christmas Crafts for Kids Using Pine Cones: Ornaments
For this pine cone Christmas craft, the pine cones will be hung upside down, so the outside of the pine cone will be the emphasis of the decoration.
Materials Needed. One or more pine cones for each ornament, craft glue, tempera paints and paint brushes, white glue, glitter and a length of ribbon for each pine cone.
Instructions: Allow the kids to use paints on the outside of the pine cones. They may choose to use one color or many. Allow the kids to be creative, as each pine cone is their own masterpiece. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Spread white glue over the dried paint and sprinkle with glitter. Allow to dry a few minutes before shaking off excess glitter. Let dry completely. Using the craft glue, attach one end of a length of ribbon to the wide bottom end of the pine cone. Allow to dry thoroughly.
Variations: Two or three of these completed pine cone ornaments can be tied together for variety. In the alternative, before attaching the ribbon, two pine cones can be glued together with craft glue.
Homemade Christmas Crafts for Kids Using Pine Cones: Christmas Tree
A large, nicely shaped pine cone is best for this pine cone Christmas craft, the larger the better. Select a pine cone with a flat bottom. Cotton balls may be glued around the bottom of the completed pine cone tree for balance.
Materials Needed: A large, nicely shaped pine cone with a flat bottom, tempera paints and paint brushes, white glue, glitter and beads or other small craft items.
Instructions: Allow the kids to paint the pine cones as desired. For a more natural effect, use white paint on the inside tips of the pine cone. After drying, glue and glitter may be applied, if desired. After that is dried, glue on beads for ornaments, or other small craft items.
If the pine cone needs a little more stability, glue cotton balls around the bottom edge of the pine cone until it is stable. Finish off with a small star, or cut one out of construction paper and glue to the top of the pine cone tree.
Homemade Christmas Crafts for Kids Using Pine Cones: Winter Mobile
This pine cone Christmas craft uses the pine cone ornaments, above, and displays them in a mobile fashion.
Materials Needed: 6 pine cone ornaments (instructions given above), a regular plastic hanger, green florists tape, craft glue, small beads and bows and other small craft items as desired.
Instructions: Beginning at top of the triangular shaped section of the plastic coat hanger, wrap the hanger with the green florists tape, overlapping to completely cover the hanger. Then cover the curved part of the hanger. The florists tape should stick to itself, but if it does not, it can be secured with a dab of craft glue.
Tie the 6 pine cone ornaments spread out along the bottom of the hanger from edge to edge. Be sure to adjust the ribbons as necessary so the pine cone ornaments hang at varying levels from the hanger. Lay the hanger on the work area.
Glue beads and small bows to the ribbon and the green florists tape. Other small craft items may be glued on, if desired.
Have Fun Making Homemade Christmas Crafts with the Kids Using Pine Cones
Make some lasting holiday memories with the kids this year making homemade Christmas crafts. The kids will love seeing their creations displayed for the Christmas season. Spend some quality family time making homemade Christmas crafts for kids using pine cones.
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