Pine cones are really neat to pick up and look at but did you know that they are the reproductive parts of a pine tree? And believe it or not, there are male and female pine cones. The female pine cones are soft at first but then turn harder to protect the seeds after they have been fertilized. The female pine cones grow for a few years while they are maturing and then fall to the ground when they have finished their reproductive process. Pine cones are really interesting to look at but they are also great for using in your craft projects. We have collected a few creative ideas that might help you out with this. Happy Crafting!
In the autumn you can find chestnuts, acorns and pine cones. Gather some and, with a small drill, make a hole in each one. Using a large mending needle, string them all together on a long piece of strong cord. Knot the ends of the cord together and the necklace can be slipped over your head.
You can use walnuts and pine cones to decorate your house at Christmas. Insert a short nail into the top of the nut or cone, doing it carefully so it doesn't split. Then fold aluminum foil around it and cut the bottom of the foil into strips. Press the rest of the foil tightly around the nut or cone and fasten a string to the nail head for hanging.
Pinecones don't look much like animals at all, do they?! Well, you would be mistaken, you can make pinecones look like animals. Look at the above pinecone turkey and rabbit. These were made by adding beads for eyes, sticks for feet and legs, pipe cleaners for necks and other items to make them look like animals.
Christmas Pinecone Ornaments - Make pinecone Xmas ornaments of Elves or Santa Clause.
Pinecone Turkeys with Pipecleaner Feathers - Learn how to maket his adorable thanksgiving turkey with a pine cone and pipe cleaners.
Thanksgiving Thankful Pinecone Turkeys - Have all the dinner guests at the table put thankful feathers into the pinecone turkey.
Pinecone Hedgehogs - Learn how to make these cute hedgehogs with a pinecone and clay.
Pinecone Chickens - Make a chicken from a pinecone, nuts, some paper, clay, and a feather.
Pinecone Bookends - Go out on a Fall nature hike and find some good pinecones. Come home and turn them into cool bookends.
Paint Dipped Pinecone & Walnut Ornaments - Find out how to gold or silver dip pinecones & walnuts for decorative Christmas Ornaments.
Miniature Pinecone Christmas Trees Craft for Kids - These are little Christmas trees made of pine cones. I recommend this craft for kids 8 and over.
Painted Pinecones Craft for Kids - The perfect present topper and centerpiece is under the trees. Take a walk with the kids to collect pine cones to make naturally beautiful holiday trimmings.
Pine Cone Angels Craft - Take nature's harvest and turn it into these delightful Pine Cone Angels to hang on your tree.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder Craft for Kids - A easy-to-make Pine Cone Bird Feeder. This is a simple project that even young children can help make.
PineCone Bird Feeder Craft - Summer or winter, this natural pinecone bird feeder is a decorative and simple craft for kids. Make a few and hang them from your trees outside as homemade outdoor ornaments.
Pine Cone Christmas Tree Craft for Kids - A easy-to-make pine cone Christmas Tree. Use it as a Christmas decoration or as a tree ornament. This is a simple craft that even young children can help make.
Pine Cone Creatures Craft - What kind of wild, imaginary animals can you make out of pine cones? Try our pine cone creatures craft and find out!
Pinecone Carolers Craft - These small-scale singers are poised to echo their joyous strains this holiday season.
Pinecone Christmas Ornament Craft for Kids - Give kids a fun and simple activity to do with this pinecone ornament. This makes a great seasonal craft for fall and winter holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Pinecone Photo Holder Craft for Thanksgiving or Fall - Using pinecones collected on a Thanksgiving nature walk (or bought at a craft store), let the kids make a simple photo holder for a family snapshot taken during the gathering -- and send everyone home with a craft that will preserve their memories of a wonderful holiday.
Pinecone Christmas Tree Card & Ornament Craft - The beauty of nature is front and center with this pinecone card. This greeting will bring smiles to those that love the idea of a winter wonderland.
Pinecone Crafts from Martha Stewart - Martha Stewart has a different take on pine cone crafts.
Pinecone Placecards Craft - These are natural placecards made with pinecones.
Pine Cone Turkey Craft for Kids - This cute turkey is made from a pine cone, an acorn, and construction paper. It makes a very nice Thanksgiving table decoration.
Pinecone Turkey Craft for Children - This is a simple craft that even little ones can do with a bit of help. Supplies are inexpensive and easy to find, and instructions are easy. Stand him on a shelf or hang him from a string, either way he makes a cute display your youngster can be proud of!
Pinecone Turkey Figure Craft for Thaksgiving - A pleasant nature walk is all you need to gather supplies for this pinecone turkey figure. Thanksgiving is the perfect time for this craft that's fun for kids to create and makes a great place setting idea.
Potpourri Pine Cone Angel Ornament Craft for Kids - This is an easy homemade Christmas craft that uses potpourri and a pine cone as the basis for a fragrant pinecone angel Christmas ornament.
Pumpkin Pal Craft for Halloween - Make funny pumpkin faces inspired by autumn's natural bounty.
Swans a-Swimming Pinecone Craft - Turn a pocketful of fall pinecones into this pretty tabletop tableau -- "ugly" duckling and all.
Tiny Toms Thanksgiving Craft for Kids - This is one turkey that won't get eaten this Thanksgiving. Your kids can make a flock to decorate the dinner table -- or for all the kid guests to take home as favors.
Turkey Place Card Holders Craft for Kids - Your children can help decorate your Thanksgiving table and make a gift for relatives, with these easy to make pinecone turkeys. For an extra touch add place cards for your family members and then they can take the handmade turkeys home.
Wise Guy Owl Pine Cone Craft for Kids - Whooo wouldn't fall in love with this big eyed owl. It's easy to do and with mother nature's help and just a few left over craft supplies you can make a whole family.
Woodland Pinecone Angel Craft for Kids - Make a woodland pinecone angel to stand on a side table, use as part of a autumn centerpiece, or hang from a Christmas tree.