Inside: Learn how to make a colorful fall pine cone tree with pine cones, wine corks, and pom poms. This easy fall nature craft is perfect for kids of all ages!
Celebrate the arrival of autumn by making a colorful fall pine cone tree. I especially love the contrast of textures. Married together as a miniature craft tree, the smooth cork, fuzzy pom poms, and rough pine cones function as a beautiful fall decoration or accessory to a child’s imaginative play.
How to Make a Colorful Fall Pine Cone Tree
Here in Central Ohio, fall is gently touching surrounding cities and towns. If you look carefully, you’ll notice the ever-so-subtle transition from vibrant green to muted yellow-green.
I just love it. Fall is my absolute favorite season!
To celebrate, my kids and I made fall pine cone trees with corks, pine cones, and autumn-colored pom poms we found at our local Lakeshore Learning Store.
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Glue 1 pine cone to the top of each cork. Check the corks carefully, as most are slightly curved on one end. Glue the pine cone to the rounded end so that the pine cone tree will stand easily.
Create visual interest by choosing pine cones that vary in size, color, and shape.
Invite kids to press the small pom poms into the pine cone. This is a fabulous fine-motor task! Take it further by inviting kids to use plastic tweezers to pick up and place the pom poms.
Repeat the process with more pine cones, corks, and pom poms!
We chose not to glue the pom poms to the pine cones because we wanted to be able to switch out our fall tree’s pom poms for white pom poms in the winter, green and pink pom poms in the spring, and assorted shades of green pom poms in the summer.
Going apple picking? Try this fun yarn-wrapped pine cone apple tree variation!
My boys like to use these little pine cone trees in their LEGO, block, and train scenes. They are perfect for imaginative play!
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