Pine Cones & A Lego Helicopter

I didn’t realise he had bought his latest Lego creation with him.  If I had, I most likely would have told him to leave it at home.  Our mission this particular morning, was to collect pine cones for a few projects I had planned.  I love doing this sort of thing with my kids; 10 minutes emerged in nature is wonderfully grounding.  I watched him race off to collect fallen cones with his helicopter.  Seeing how engaged he was in the joy of it all made me glad. Glad I didn’t realise he brought his latest Lego creation with him this day. Happy because I didn’t have the opportunity to say no.

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Pine Cone Crafts

Mini Pine Cone Wreath

I went for a walk the other day. Yes, I have been known to wear pretty necklaces when I go for a walk.

Fitness for Mums -- walking

As I walked, I collected a few items in my hat. I love collecting things and then challenging myself to create something with the items.

pine cone collections on my walk

Below is one of the decorations the kids and I made with my collection.

Materials

Small pine cones or any other of a similar size (gems, buttons, pipecleaners, pebbles, pom poms, cellophane, paper scraps, sequence)

Craft Glue

Ribbon

Instructions

Simply glue the pine cones on the curtain ring and attach ribbon to hang.

Use

  • Napkin holders
  • Tree decoration
  • Above table decorations
  • Gift for teachers, grandparents friends
  • School holiday activity (go on a nature hunt to collect seed pods and then do the craft at home)

handmade Christmas decorations - pine cone craft -- pine cone wreath

pine cone wreath decoration -- handmade christmas tree decorations

handmade christmas tree decorations -- pine cone wreath

handmade decorations -- pine cone craft -- pine cone wreath

To see what I did with the green leaf prongs, click this picture:

handmade christmas tree decorations

Other Links

To view the entire range of Christmas Crafts on this blog, click here: Christmas Craft.

To view the entire range of handmade Christmas Tree Decorations, click here: Handmade Christmas Decorations.

Christmas Craft: Christmas Tree in a Jar

Christmas Tree in a Jar! It’s an adorable, and very easy craft to make. It can be used as a decoration, keepsake or given as a gift to friends and teachers.

We have a surplus of pine cones at the moment, so the kids and I are exploring all sorts of ways to use them. This is the cutest idea yet!

Christmas Tree in a Jar

Materials:

Pine Cone

Empty Jar (I purchased the one shown from Crazy Clarks for $2.95)

Rocks/pebbles/cotton wool balls/grass/mini presents (or any other base you can think of)

Pom poms (or paint the tips of the pine cone white with paint, or even liquid pen corrector)

Craft Glue

Instructions:

1. Decorate the pine cone as desired. I used pom poms. There is no need to glue them as the pine cone prongs hold them in.

2. Glue the pine cone inside the jar to the bottom. (You may need to trim the bottom of the cone so it sits flat)

3. Place stones/cotton wool/mini presents or other base decorations around the bottom of the jar.

4. Allow the glue to dry with the lid off.

5. Once dry, place the lid on, tie a ribbon around the top (if desired) and display or give.

Display

I currently, have our Christmas Tree in a Jar sitting in the centre of our table with 3 other jars filled with bits and bobs. I love the way it looks! Not bad for just over $12.

Christmas Tree in a Jar

christmas craft -- christmas tree in a jar

Christmas Craft

To view the entire range of Christmas Craft on this blog, click here: Christmas Craft.

Below are links to more Pine Cone Craft Ideas

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