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Pinecone Crafts

Updated on June 18, 2013

Make Crafts with Pinecones

I love the look of pinecones all by themselves. My vintage planter shown here is full of pinecones and it sits on my living room floor. This is a bit of pinecone decor I enjoy all year long.

But if you want to get creative, make some pinecone crafts. This relatively free craft medium lets you go crazy for cheap!

The beauty and simplicity of a pinecone wreath is one example of the natural beauty that comes from pinecones. More pinecone crafts include using pinecones to make picture frames, wreaths, or animals.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Pinecones Have Scales

The individual pieces of pinecones are called scales.

Be selective when choosing pinecones for pinecone crafts.

There are usually plenty to choose from if you know where to look.

Choose cones that are intact, not smashed or missing too many of their scales.

Pine Cone Jewelry, Pinecone Stamp, and More - Pince Cone Gifts

Pine cones are beautiful pieces of nature. If you want to give a unique gift, one of these pine cone items will be memorable. A real pine cone necklace isn't something everyone has already! And for a gift anyone can enjoy, consider pine cone wind chimes.

CK Products 1-Inch Pinecone Chocolate Mold
CK Products 1-Inch Pinecone Chocolate Mold

Oh boy! Make chocolates in the shape of pine cones! Perfect for girl scout and boy scout bake sales!

SPI Home 32725 Triple Pinecone Wind Chime
SPI Home 32725 Triple Pinecone Wind Chime

The tinkle of these pinecone wind chimes would be perfect at your cabin or porch with, what else?, pine trees in the background!


Cone Cows

In Finland and Sweden, children are taught how to make cone cows from a pine cone and some sticks.

Brighten Up Nature - With Some Craft Paint

Painted cones.
Painted cones.

I used some pretty colors of acrylic craft paint to paint a few pine cones. The simple act of painting the scales is relaxing and fun for all ages. Spread newspapers on the floor or table and gather the family to make some inexpensive decorations. The painted cones look great in a bowl or basket on the porch or entry way as a way to celebrate the holidays.

Painted pinecones.
Painted pinecones.

Painted Pinecones -- An Easy Craft

Kids Can Paint the Scales

An easy craft is to paint the individual scales of pine cones. These are perfect for Christmas with a string tied to the top to hang on the Christmas tree or hang a cluster of them like a mobile for a concentrated holiday decoration.

See another way to paint this tree fruit and display them at ashleyannphotography.

And here's yet another fabulous way to paint them. Dipped pinecones!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Pinecone Crafts - Make these easy projects using pinecones

Make pine cone place cards, picture frames, a turkey or penguin, and decorate your home, all with pine cones!

Cone Fire Starters/Kindling - Go green and use pinecones to start fireplace and camp fires

You guessed it! Pinecones make great fire starters! If you spend any time outdoors, take a look at these links. Each one has a unique way to use pinecones to make fire starters that will get your campfire or bonfire going lickety split!

Pine Cones -- Male and Female

Did you know that there are

male and female pine cones?

Males produce pollen and are "less conspicuous."

Female cones produce seeds when pollinated.

The pine cones we are

most familiar with are females.

Easy Peasy

Let kids add peanut butter (put some in a bowl so they can use their fingers) to pine cones.

Then sprinkle bird seed on top. Add a string and hang from the eaves or trees for fun bird watching when the snow is flying.

Use Cones to Make Bird Feeders

Making bird feeders using conifer tree cones is a great way to feed the birds and teach kids about nature. There are lots of options so check these links for bird feeder recipes that you can make today!

Do you like pinecones? Have you made pinecone crafts?

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    • Ben Reed profile image

      Ben Reed 6 years ago from Redcar

      I used to use pinecones as decorations when a young lad. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this lense.

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      We used to paint pinecones to make decorations in primary school, it was a lot of fun. Nice lens, I wish I had time to create more of these. Nicely done.

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Great lens!