Oh, the things my children collect! My youngest has been bringing pinecones home from 4K in his backpack for the past 2 weeks. He collects them during recess, packs them into his little denim pockets, transfers them to his mustard-yellow dinosaur backpack, then proudly gives them to me with a smile on his face. The collection has grown so large that we needed to do something about it.
Presenting our latest nature craft for kids, Pinecone Apples!
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As of today, most of our Pinecone Apples have gone back to school—as gifts for the 6 wonderful teachers in my children’s lives! They really did turn out darling. The apples have a vintage, rustic appearance, and become a sweet ornament when paired with dyed twine.
Pine Cone Apple Craft
- Dyed twine
- Acrylic paint (yellow, red, and green)
- Green wool felt
- Hot glue and hot glue gun
1. Paint the pinecones. It doesn’t matter if the kids paint sloppily, as that is what gives the apples their vintage, chipped-up appearance. My kids and I decided to leave the stem of the pinecone brown, reminiscent of an apple stem.
2. Cut leaves from green wool felt. Attach them to the pine cone with hot glue. I know I’ve shared this here before, but I’ll share it again. Wool felt is so expensive! Rather than buying it new, I purchase old, 100% wool sweaters or jackets from thrift shops. I machine felt them in hot water and high heat from the convenience of my laundry room, then cut the fabric into workable sheets.
3. Attach a twine loop to the top of every apple. This enables the apple to be hung like an ornament on a hook, bulletin board, or Christmas tree.
Crafting with natural materials is frugal and fun! To see more nature crafts for kids, follow along with Nature Crafts for Kids on Pinterest!