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DIY Pinecone Skiing Snowman

If I’m being totally honest, I’ve been obsessed with crafting with real pinecones lately. My kids have been getting a real kick out of it too, so I’ve been doing my best to come up with all kinds of child-friendly things we can make together! That’s why, when we planned a family skiing trip later in the winter and the kids got all excited, I had the idea to turn pinecones into funny little skiing snowmen as a way to sort of celebrate their excitement and combine it with their recent favourite crafting technique. I even documented the process on one of the snowmen, just in case other people want to try it out as well.

Pinecone skiing snowman

Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • A pinecone
  • A miniature white pom pom
  • A black marker
  • Piper cleaner (white, red, and blue with white stripes)
  • Two mini popsicle sticks
  • A spun cotton ball
  • Two toothpicks
  • Red tissue paper
  • Two very small buttons
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Pinecone skiing snowman materials

Step 2:

Make your snowman a pointed hat! Cut square from the bottom right corner of your red tissue paper page that’s about one inch by one inch. Turn the square at an angle so you have a corner at the bottom, the top, and each side like a diamond. Use your scissor to cut a curved shape on one side by starting at the bottom corner, rounding off the right hand corner smoothly and evenly, and finishing at the top corner. You’ll leave the corner on your left side points, as that will by the pointed top of your hat.

Pinecone skiing snowman paper

Pinecone skiing snowman cutting paper

Step 3:

Curl your new red shape into a cone-like hat by bringing the bottom side up and inward so it curves in towards the top side, making a more pronounced point our of your left hand corner. The right side where you cut the arc will be a wider circular opening that will sit on your snowman’s head. Apply glue along the straight edge at the top and stick it down to the surface of the left side you just curled inwards to anchor your cone shape in place.

Pinecone skiing snowman round corners

Pinecone skiing snowman tiny cone