During our walks the kids love to pick up various treasures. This fall every red leaf was presented to me. We’ve also acquired quite a few pine cones recently, just waiting for the perfect craft. I decided we would create some homemade pinecone ornaments.
- Acrylic Paint (I love washable acrylics for kids.)
- Paint Brushes
- Paper Plate
Squirt a few colors of paint onto your paper plate. Give your child a paint brush (or 2), and let them paint each pinecone as they see fit. They may choose to paint the pinecone all one color. Or maybe they’ll want to do stripes. Whatever they do, it’s their masterpiece.
While the paint is still wet, sprinkle a bit of glitter on each pinecone ornament. Then allow them to dry completely.
If you have “prickly balls” from a Sweet Gum tree, those look pretty painted, too!
Once they dry, tie a ribbon to each pinecone. They make a lovely addition to the Christmas tree.
I couldn’t figure out how to hang the little “prickly balls,” but I did have another plan.
I had her stick them into a clear, plastic jar. (Glass would probably look better, but with a toddler in the house at the time, I went with plastic.) Then she picked out a pretty ribbon and we hot glued it onto the jar. Voila`! A beautiful decoration for any table!
These sparkly pinecone ornaments are fun for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Why not make a few of these homemade ornaments with the kids this year?
More homemade ornaments kids can make: