Pine Cone Critters

Let the spirit of the forest help you create a fun new friend! Our Pine Cone Critters are a fun craft with endless possibilities!
Materials List

Pine cones

Hot glue or tacky glue

Pipe cleaners

Googly eyes

Bottle cap (soda bottle, apple juice, laundry detergent, etc.)

Decorative items: wine corks, lace, sequins, feathers, puff balls, etc.

How to
Step 1

To start, glue the open side of a flat-topped bottle cap (you will place the glue around the inside rim of the cap) to the bottom of your pine cone. This will provide a sturdy little stand for the pine cone. Rember, if you are using a glue gun, you should always have adult supervision. If you are using tacky glue, you may want to prep the bases ahead of time, allowing 1/2 hour for the tacky glue to dry.

Step 2

Your pine cone should now be able to sit straight up with its new base.

Step 3

Next, stick on some googly eyes. You'll soon see your pine cone critter taking life right before your eyes!

Step 4

Now for the pipe cleaner. This can be used to make a tail, antenna, arms, wings, whatever you choose! Simply wrap the pipe cleaner between the sections of the pine cone to secure it in place.

Step 5

Your critter's off to a great start! Now you can let your imagination run wild and create any kind of creature you like!

Stats
Age
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Craft Length
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Recycled
Fodder
Supervision
1 adult per 5 children
Tips

1. You can use anything flat to make the base for your pine cone: an old CD, a piece of cardboard, a popsicle stick... whatever you have that's flat and can safely accept glue (no thin plastic or foam).
2. Turn your pinecone on its side to make four-legged critters.
3. Let the shape of the pinecone dictate the creature.
4. Use natural items: pebbles, pine needles, dry leaves, seed pods, etc. to make an all-natural critter.

Variations

At this point, it's up to your imagination with what you would like to add to your pinecone. You can put a hula skirt made out of yarn, whiskers made out of pipe cleaners, or feathers to create a bird. I've also turned a larger pine cone into a fire-breathing monster, and one into a cute elf! Let your imagination run wild!

Variation Photos