Last week, all the pine cones fell off of the trees in our backyard. Instead of finding a way to get rid of them without burning them (apparently a huge EPA violation), I decided to use them to make homemade Christmas ornaments with the kids. I realize that it is only November so all you fall purists out there are going to hate this, but I made Christmas ornaments this week for two reasons. First, I wanted to use the pine cones before they went bad sitting out in the rain and snow (which will inevitably fall in about two weeks) Second, I wanted to have a fun crafting project to do with my family. It was a lot of fun and a lot of mess at the same time. However, I think that the craft turned out pretty well and we are actually going to use them on our tree! I like them a lot because they are all obviously similar but also not exactly the same like most Christmas ornaments. These will give the tree a natural and unique type of look while still looking unified and cohesive. So, if you are going to try this at home, here is what you will need.
Pine cones (Use whichever you can find. I have no knowledge of types of trees or anything)
Glue (We used regular Elmer’s but it was runny. I think tacky glue would work best)
White Spray Paint
Glitter (Your choice on color or texture)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Two disposable containers big enough to lay the cones in
Step One – Spray Pain the Cones
Set the pine cones out on top of the plastic sheet and spray paint them white. Spray one side and then turn them over to get the other side. I sprayed from the top to the bottom as if the paint was snow falling onto the cones. Note, I did not let my children help with this part. If you are a teacher doing this in class, I would have the cones already spray painted as well.
Step Two – Roll the Cones in Glue
Pour about 1/4-1/2 inch of glue into the bottom of one of the containers. Take one of the pinecones (ensuring that the paint is dry) and roll it around in the glue so all parts are coated in glue.
Step Three – Add Glitter
Move the pinecone to the other container and sprinkle glitter onto it so that it sticks to the glue on the cone. It should come out looking as if the glitter, like the paint, fell like snow and stuck mostly to the outside of the cone.
Step Four – Make it an Ornament
Now cut about 3 inches of twine/yarn and make a loop. Using hot glue, attach both ends of the twine/yarn to the pinecone making a loop to hang on a branch of your tree. Now simply wait for the glue to dry and you’re all set!
Like I said, if I were to do this again, I would definitely make some changes like the type of glue I used. Other than that, I think that they definitely turned out pretty well. I hope you enjoy doing them as much as my family did.
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