We might still be waiting on Halloween to arrive, but that doesn’t mean my kids aren’t already excited about wintery things! That’s partially because we live in the kind of chilly place where it’s already snowing some days even though it’s still technically fall. Since our kids always get excited about the snow, I like to try and incorporate it into the crafts we make together nice and early so keep them interested. They also adore crafting with bits of nature that they find in the backyard, and that’s how we found ourselves making pinecone snowmen! They turned out so cute that I couldn’t help making another snowman and outlining the process so you can all follow along as well.
Just in case you want to learn how the pinecone snowman was done, here’s a simple written guide complete with photos. If you’re the kind of person who likes following along with video tutorials more, keep scrolling to find one at the end of this post!
For this project, you’ll need:
- Construction paper (red and black)
- A paintbrush
- A small styrofoam ball
- White paint
- A pinecone
- Gold string
- A glue gun
- Crepe paper (orange)
- A black felt tip pen
- Pipe cleaners (red and white)
Gather your materials!
From your black paper, cut two squares that are equally sized and a rectangle that is roughly the same size as the two squares set end to end like one piece. From the first black square, begin rounding off the corners and edges to make an oval shape. From the second square, round off the edges and corners a little further than you did in the first one to create a circle rather than an oval.
Take your black rectangularly cut piece and roll it onto itself to make a cylinder shape. Tighten or loosen the cylinder until its opening is roughly the same size as the circle you cut earlier or a little smaller. Trim the excess of this rolled triangle and then glue the ends in place to complete your cylinder.
Take your black oval shape and poke a hole in the centre with your scissors, then make several cuts all the way around that hole out towards the edges of your shape without actually cutting the shape all the way out. If you bend these new spiked shapes that you’ve created upwards, you’ll see that you’ve created a circular hole in the centre.