Pinecone Crafts

Make Pinecone crafts, like this owl, using supplies collected on a nature walk.

Age: 8+

Difficulty rating: Easy

Time Scale: 2 out of 5

Not including gathering supplies.

Pinecone-Owl

Supplies:

  • 2 small spruce cones, shasta daisy seed heads or top from poppy seed pod
  • 3 chilean glory vine seed pods
  • 2 googly eyes
  • yellow paint
  • small piece of brown suede or felt
  • feathers
  • glue gun or tacky glue
  • medium size pine cone

Instructions for Pinecone Crafts


In an attempt to come up with my own unique ideas, some supplies may be difficult to obtain. (example: chilean glory vine seed pods) These instructions are only to be used as a general guideline.

Kids can go on a nature walk and try to gather supplies that can be used. Some may have to be substituted. This will be a good opportunity for them to come up with their own ideas, using their imagination. It isn't necessary to have exactly the same supplies. Something similar will do, and then their creations will be unique too!

My owl is made with a medium size pinecone for the body. Check to make sure the pinecone will sit flat.


I used small shasta daisy seed heads, with the seeds removed. Paint the outer edge yellow. Googly eyes are glued to these and then glued to the pinecone.

Shasty-daisy-seed-head-for-eye

For your pinecone crafts, a substitute for the shasta daisy seed head can be the bottom cut off a small spruce cone. The googly eyes can be glued to this.

Google-eye

Cut small triangles from suede or felt and fold together at the bottom and glue. Attach these to the pinecone, for ears.

You can just use small feathers if you prefer.

Ears-from-suede-pieces

Use one half of a chilean glory vine seed pod for the nose. If you don't have these, use something similar. If you still can't find anything suitable, use a piece of felt, cut into a small triangle shape.

Chilean-glory-vine-seed-pod-for-claws

For the feet, I also used seed pods from the chilean glory vine. Cut a half pod up the middle, vertically. Use three of these pieces, overlap on one end and glue together. Trim if necessary, for the claws. Attach these to the bottom of the pinecone.


Use small, fluffy feathers and glue to the top of the head.

I like his silly hair do. It gives him personality!

Feather-on-top-of-head

Now take bigger feathers and glue together on the ends in groups of three. If the wing looks like it needs to be fuller, add more feathers. Do two of these, and then glue to the pinecone for the wings.

Feathers-for-wings

That's it! Your pinecone owl is complete.

Wasn't that easy? I really had fun making this. I hope you did too!

pine-cone-owl-with-feathers-for-wings

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