If there’s one thing my kids love even more than the basic concept of crafting itself (which I’m pleased to report that they’re fully obsessed with), it’s the idea of crafting with unconventional materials, especially if that means getting nature involved. They’re total outdoor enthusiasts too, so I guess it only makes sense! I like trying to come up with new ways to combine their favourite things in one place to keep them interested, which is how we found ourselves making pinecone swans together last week! Yes, the kids really did collect the pinecones right from the backyard, looking carefully for the smallest ones they could find.
The project was so popular that we’ve practically got a whole flock of swans scattered across our mantel and window sills now. Like with any craft that’s a big hit with the little ones, I just couldn’t wait to share how we did it, in case other people want to try it out as well. 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
- Pipe cleaners (white and orange)
- Two googly eyes
- White paper
- A white pom pom
- A pencil
- Hot glue
- A white feather
Gather your materials!
Use your pencil to draw two little wing shapes on your white paper. I made mine just a little shorter than the full height of my pinecone to make sure they looked proportionate, curving them on one side and drawing ruffles on the other like feathers. Cut your wings out and set them aside for now.
Turn your pinecone sideways and apply glue to the tip of its pointed end. Stick the base of your feather here for the tail! I positioned mine so it curved upwards, like the flick of an actual swan’s tail feathers.