Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Pinecone Crochet Nature Craft

My children reserved a table today for their first ever Fall Craft Fair.  After all their excitement I helped them get busy making pinecone ornaments to display on their table.




We chose to crochet over pinecones mainly because we have a lot of them.  Secondly, they stitch up fast with a single crochet stitch and the counting is easy enough for a kids activity.  



Plus, they look so warm and inviting in a fall harvest arrangement.


And just beautiful hanging from a Christmas tree. I think the kids will manage well.



 We love the way the natural beauty of the pinecone shows through the mesh crochet design.  A little dab of peanut butter and a sprinkle of bird seed and we have a feeder!


They even look good tossed on this Basket of pinecones!


We were busy this summer learning to crochet ocean stones and the desire to highlight nature just grew from there.

Free Pinecone Pattern:

Crochet hook 6.0

Sc 4, join with sl st to form a ring
2 sc in each stitch around
*ch 5,  skip 1 sc, sc in next sc* repeat * to * around until length is 3/4 from the top of the pinecone (lay the crochet down beside the cone to measure) slip the crochet piece on the pinecone inching it up as if putting on a sock or pantyhose
*ch 2 or 3 depending on the size of your pinecone, skip 1 sc, sc in next sc* repeat * to * around to the top of the pinecone
sl st the top 
ch 8 for a hanging loop and sl st, finish off and weave in ends.

The kids scented the pinecones with essential holiday oils by rubbing a few drops on the cones and storing them in a sealed bag for one week.  I supervised closely because I know from our soap making experience how many a "few" drops is to the kids...I can still catch a strong whiff of gingerbread every now and then! Cinnamon applied with a bit of glue is a nice alternative to essential oil and works for both Fall and Winter holidays.


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