Something amazing happens during the holiday season, above and beyond the excitement of family time and a break from work. I find an increase in general DIY craftiness strikes. Maybe the holiday buzz causes this increase, but seriously, I cannot stop making holiday themed projects. Here is a project the kids and I just completed that involved very little forethought and a lot of family fun time, and actually has many previously unforeseen uses (reference hot wheels forest above). Instructions are below…
Step 1: Gather pine cones on a walk.
Step 2: Paint the outer edges of the pine cones with a thick brush and either acrylic, gouache or kid-safe tempera paints. If your little guys are “listeners” then I’d say go gouache or acrylic for all the exciting color options. BUT, if you have one like my one and a half year old…who likes to taste test things…then go tempera all the way. We used both since I have both kinds of kids.
Step 3: Let the pine cones dry for about an hour.
Step 4: Either glue or hot glue little poms poms onto the individual pines. I recommend pushing the poms in a bit so they're really wedged in the small pockets of the pine cone. You can find a great bag of pom poms here. I hot glued just for the extra hold, since I knew the kids were gonna be playing with these, but craft glue should work fine if you want their help gluing too.
Step 5: If you’re making these into ornaments, use needle nose pliers and a small eye-hook. Twist the eye hook into the top of the pine cone, or anywhere on the top of the cone that is dense.
Step 6: If you're using these as ornaments then tie twine through the eye-hook and hang.