I was scrolling through old photos and came across a pinecone flower craft that the girls and I made last year. I had every intention of putting them up on the website. Like many ideas, I had to shelf it until I hade more time to write. At the time we made them both girls were at home. I was prioritizing spending time with them and finishing up writing the book “Hikes for Families: A guide to the Canadian Rockies” that was funded last September on Kickstarter.
Well, the girls are now back at home but for some reason I find myself making time to write more on the website. I think it also helps that the book is done and my brain is not overloaded.
I also struggle with one other problem when creating these craft posts.
I have a lot of ideas for activities but I usually do them with my kids. Well, my belief is that the kids do the craft without me trying to make it look perfect for them. This means that you will see these crafts the way a four and six year old would make them.
If you need some more activities then make sure to check out the newest activity calendar (+Free Printable)! Also, we are so excited for our youngest daughter to turn five as she is going to raise her own butterflies with a kit from her Grandparents.
This pinecone flower craft can add a little colour to a room. Last year, our girls loved making a pine cone flower bouquet and ended up giving it to Grandma for her birthday! Here is how to make your very own Pinecone Flower Craft.
- Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Paint (various colours)
Go outside and collect a variety of pine cones and sticks. I recommend picking up a bunch of different sizes to make a variety of different flowers.
Clean the pine cones and sticks.
This can be done by laying all the pine cones and sticks on a baking sheet and baking them for 20-30 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Or, you can dunk them in the sink with water and vinegar to wash them. Leave them for around 20-30 minutes. The only problem with washing them is that you need to wait for them to dry to continue onto the next step.
Paint the pinecones and sticks. Another option is to leave the sticks brown.
For the pinecones, paint them the way they are, turn them upside down, or cut them at various points to create different pinecone flowers.
Then let them dry.
Tip: Try painting the pine cones white first. That may make the colour pop!
Using a large, sharp pin, or nail, poke a hole in the bottom of the pinecone.
Add glue in the hole and put the stick in for the stem.
Keep them separate or make a whole pinecone bouquet!