Pine cones make a great base for a wide variety of crafts and can be readily found for free on a nature hike. Children will be amazed to see how a simple pine cone can be transformed into a useful feeder or enchanting creature.
Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Birds love pine cone feeders, which children can create from pine cones, peanut butter and bird seeds. In order to create a pine cone bird feeder, you should pour one to two cups of peanut butter onto a jelly roll tray. Allow the children to roll a pine cone back and forth around the peanut butter, then sprinkle the pine cone with bird seeds. Attach a ribbon to the top of the pine cone and hang it outdoors for the birds to feast on.
Pine Cone Creatures
Pine cone creatures are as unique as their creators. Children can collect differently shaped pine cones, fresh pine needles, acorns, leaves and twigs to decorate their creatures. Using the pine cone as the base, each child can insert the pine needles, leaves and other natural materials to create a woodland creature. Acorns can be transformed into the creature's eyes; pine needles can be used as fur, tails or hair; and leaves can be used for clothing.
Pine Cone Potpourri
Pine cones are a useful and beautiful base for potpourri. In order to scent the pine cones, pour one to two cups of fragrance or essential oils into a bowl, and submerge the pine cones in the oil. Allow the pine cones to soak in the oil for 10 minutes, then remove them and let them dry on a towel. Once dry, the scented pine cones can be used in wreaths or placed in tabletop arrangements.
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