Minnesota Crafts: Using Pine Cones
My mother was very much into creative crafts. She spent years creating ornaments for our Christmas tree and selling them with her friends at craft markets. Nowadays a person has their computer and Pinterest.
I have a lot of pine trees and right now, many, many cones.
Pine cones come in various shapes and sizes. I haven't walked around my yard much this year, but the one time I specifically looked, at had three shapes of pine cones. I had larger ones. I had tiny ones and round ones.
The cones from the pine trees in my western grove are large and long and slightly curved. They drop from pine trees with a longer needle. The pine trees in my eastern grove have a smaller, more compressed cone. Some are the size of my thumb, but there are some that are mini. I have one tree by my garden that has a round cone. Almost like a ball.
What to Do With Them
My mother was creative. It occurred to me that my daughter and I could make some little ornaments and sell them at Farmer's Market this year.
In fact, let me show you what my mother used to make and sell...
Well. As I analyze what she used for the little girl. The face is an acorn. She used a pinking shears to make the apron. I think a bit of glue on the cloth to keep from raveling. A few dried flowers for her bouquet. The handkerchief over her head.
Fairly simple. Very cute. Creative.
Between oak trees with acorns and pine trees with pine cones, I have a lot of crafting material in my yard.
I, have black walnuts that I slice for crafts and I think that I could make an accordion for my little person.
That would be cool!
Well. I know pine cones are used in wreaths. I have seen them on sliced logs with candles. I have seen them cut apart and used like roses.
I have seen them dissected and used for shingles on Fairy house roofs. Not only did my mother make little girls with acorn faces, but I think she also made some sort of bird with them, too. I'm sure I can find one if I look through my stuff.
Yep. There are probably millions of uses for a pine cone.
Some cones are bigger than others.