In my house, the opportunity to craft with supplies that are at least a little unconventional always makes for the best afternoons, especially on cold days when everyone is trapped inside. That’s why, when I was struck with a recent surge of inspiration for crafting with real pine cones, my kids were all for it! In trying to come up with child-friendly ideas that we could all make together, I made up these adorable little music-loving pinecone snowmen and my kids loved them so much that I couldn’t help making another one and documenting the process for others to follow and try.
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
- Pink paint
- A black marker
- Pipe cleaner (gold and orange with pink stripes)
- A paintbrush
- A spun cotton ball
- Two googly eyes
- A red pom pom
- A checked ribbon
- Gold thread
- Hot glue
Gather your materials!
Flip your pinecone upside down so its wider, flatter end is now the top and its more tapered, smaller end is now the bottom. This will be your snowman’s body. Apply hot glue in the centre of the top and stick your spun cotton ball there. This will be your snowman’s head!
Cut a two inch piece from the end of your gold sparkly pipe cleaner and set both pieces aside for later.
Apply glue near the top of the spun cotton ball on the right side, where a person’s ear might be. Stick one of your little red crafting pom poms into place here. This is one side of your snowman’s ear-muff style headphones. Repeat the process on the left side with your second pom pom to make the other ear piece.