Thursday, 21 November 2013

Pine Cone Ornament {Craft}

If you are looking for a simple, kid-friendly activity to use up the rest of a pine cone collection then this is a great craft!

Materials: Pom-poms, glue and pine cones. 

My kids enjoy finding and cleaning their own pine cones preferably when the deer are out!  

Abbotsford, British Columbia

 We bake the cones in the oven on a pan lined with tinfoil at 200 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  This glazes the sap so they aren't so sticky. It's important to keep an eye on the stove as the sap could catch on fire. 

Another method for cleaning pine cones is to soak the cones for 20 minutes in soapy water, rinse them and dry.  Finding a space to spread them out is a challenge for us as we usually have a few projects on the go in every room of the house from handmade soap to pinata's drying.

Dab some glue on a pom-pom and decorate.  My kids think the cones look good enough to eat!  We plan to add ribbon loops and hang them on the Christmas tree.

For a different look The Wool Acorn Shop offers kits ready to go with all the materials needed to make these lovely wool pine cones.

What are you planning for holiday recipes? Have you started decorating yet?  Feel free to share your projects and head on over to our Facebook Page.  We would love to see them! 

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