There are many Christmas crafts for children and adults to take part in. Some crafts will even allow them to make their own Christmas decorations! Homemade decorations are fun to make, nice to decorate with, and inexpensive! You can even make decorations out of pine cones! Pine cones can be found right outside and most extra materials needed can be found at reasonable prices. Creating pine cone Christmas decorations is not only an inexpensive craft, but it is an easy one as well! When you are done, you will have beautiful, nature-like, homemade Christmas decorations to show off!
Here are the materials and directions on how to make pine cone Christmas decorations. There are a few options for decorating, so it is best to read through the directions completely before starting on this craft. Since there will be cutting and gluing involved, it is recommended that children do this craft with the help and supervision of an adult! We want our little ones to be safe this holiday season.
Ornament Hooks (optional).
1. Look for pine cones outside. If you cannot find them outside, then you may be able to find them craft stores. You can gather together any sizes you desire.
2. Spill the glitter out onto the paper plates. If you would like, you can use one paper plate for each color of glitter. You can also mix the colored glitter up if you would like. This is completely up to you.
It is best to place some of every color on separate paper plates, and then mix up what is left on another plate. For example, some of the red and green glitter can go one separate plates. Then you can take what is left of the red and green glitter and mix them together on another plate. This way you will have more choices without ruining your glitter.
3. Next you will need to decorate your pine cones. There are a few ways to do this:
A. Place glue on the pine cones and then roll them around in the glitter of choice. You can roll them in white glitter to make them look snow covered. Another option is to roll them in red glitter, green glitter, or a mixture of both. The same could be done with red and white glitter, to create a candy cane effect. Allow the glue and glitter some time to dry.
B. Carefully paint the pine cones the color (or colors) of your choice. This is a good idea for anyone who wants to decorate the pine cones with a pattern (such as candy cane stripes). Allow the paint some time to dry.
C. You can always paint the pine cones first, let them dry, and then cover them with the glitter.
You can choose one method of decorating and stick to it, or decorate a few in each way. When allowing them to dry, you should place them on the side, maybe even on a few new paper plates or news paper.
4. Measure out the string to the length of your choice and carefully cut it. Be sure to leave some room on the string for tying it.
5. Once your decorated ornaments are dry, you can attach your string to them so that they can be shown off. There are two ways to do this:
A. Tie each end of the string tightly around the stem. You can double or triple the knots if need be. Some people may even decide to put a drop of glue on each knot to keep them from coming untied.
B. You can tie one end to the stem and the other end to the bottom of an ornament hook. Once again, you double or triple the knots and place a drop of glue on them to keep them from coming untied.
Now that you have learned how to make pine cone Christmas decorations, you can get started on this simple but fun craft. Create just one or two, or create a bunch to decorate with. You can use different colors and styles for each one. Since children and adults can do this craft, this will be great for home or classroom Christmas projects! Hang them up on the Christmas tree, wall, or door! You can even place them in a nice box and save them for next year, or make them yearly! Have fun creating and showing off your homemade pine cone Christmas decorations! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!