24 Simple Pinecone Crafts For Kids


Crafting is fun. The process of creating unique art pieces using materials lying around is exciting. You can make cute things out of rocks, pinecones, flowers, and leaves. Come fall, and you will find pinecones strewn everywhere. Children enjoy collecting them.

We have compiled a list of pinecone crafts for kids. They are easy and super fun to make, and the crafts also give your children a sense of achievement as the pinecones they have so painstakingly collected do not go to waste. Also, they can give away these handmade crafts as gifts too.

24 Pinecone Crafts For Kids

1. Pinecone owl

If your child loves owls, they will like making their very own pinecone owls. This craft is easy to make, and your child gets their owl pet to carry everywhere.

You will need:

  • Large pinecones
  • Buttons
  • Glue dots
  • Colored foam
  • Colored feathers
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Use glue dots to stick the googly eyes on the buttons.
  • Put the glue dots on the pinecone and place the eyes on them.
  • Cut a triangle for the beak from the foam and attach it below the eyes.
  • Use glue dots to stick feathers of different colors. You can make multicolored owls.
  • You may also use foam to add details to the head.

2. Pinecone bat

Who said Halloween vampires have to be scary? Make a cute pinecone bat and let your child gift it to people they like.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Black and white construction paper
  • Glue dots
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Attach the googly eyes on the pinecone using glue dots.
  • Cut the black construction paper in the shape of wings.
  • Glue them on both sides of the pinecone.
  • Cut two small triangles from the white construction paper and glue them under the eyes. They are the teeth of the vampire bat.

3. Pinecone hedgehogs

Pinecone hedgehogs look super cute because they resemble real hedgehogs. They are easy to make, and your home will be full of them in no time.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Playdough or air-dry clay
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Roll a small ball of playdough or clay flat and press it down on the sharp end of the pinecone. This is the face of the hedgehog.
  • Take a small quantity of black playdough and press it in the front of the face to make a nose.
  • Press the googly eyes into the playdough.
  • Roll four pieces of playdough into cylinders and press them into the pinecone to make the hedgehog’s front and back legs.
  • If you are using air-dry clay, let it dry for a while.

4. Pinecone string hedgehogs

If your children are a little older, you can try this craft with them. They are cute, just like the playdough hedgehogs, and they last for a long time too.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Rope, twine, or string
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Glue dots

How to make:

  • Leaving a small area in the front (for the nose), start wrapping the rope, twine, or string around the pinecone tightly.
  • Cover about a third of the pinecone with it. You can go over the area twice to make sure there are no gaps.
  • Cut the string and stick the end using glue.
  • Attach googly eyes to the wrapped string using glue dots.

5. Pinecone bumblebee

Make this cute busy bee for your home with a pinecone. If you have tiny pinecones around your home, they are perfect for this craft.

You will need:

  • Small pinecones
  • Paints in black and yellow colors
  • Large yellow pom-pom
  • Small black pom-poms
  • Pipe cleaner in white
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Paint the stems in black and yellow, and let the paint dry completely.
  • Attach two googly eyes on the yellow pom-pom.
  • Glue two small black pom-poms, one over each eye to make the antennae.
  • Bend the pipe cleaner into two teardrop-shaped ends to make the wings.
  • Glue the pipe cleaner to the broader end of the pine cone.
  • Glue the yellow pom-pom on the flat end of the pinecone. Let everything dry completely.

6. Glittery pinecones

Children love crafting with glitter. With this craft, you can create pretty pinecones to use as ornaments during Christmas.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Paint (optional)

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecone in the colors of your choice.
  • After the paint has dried completely, apply a layer of glue on the pinecone. You can dip the pinecone in a bowl containing glue.
  • Sprinkle glitter all over the pinecone.
  • Let the glue dry completely.

7. Pineapple pinecone

Pinecones and pineapples resemble each other, and so you can make the perfect pineapples from pinecones. Make some for the summer.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Green cardstock in two shades
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft glue

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecones yellow. You might have to apply several layers of paint.
  • Cut 5-6 small leaves from each shade of green cardstock.
  • Attach the leaves to the top of the pinecone. If there are scales at the top, remove some of them so that you get some space for sticking them.
  • Gently curl the leaves backward around a pencil and then unroll them.
  • Let the glue dry completely.

8. Pinecone gnomes

These cute pinecone gnomes make a great addition to your garden. They are your tiny friends who might assist you in gardening too.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • 1-inch wooden beads with holes
  • Newspaper
  • Glue
  • Marker

How to make:

  • Place the wooden beads on the pinecones. Apply glue if the beads seem too shaky.
  • Cut the newspaper into small two-inch squares.
  • Twist them around into a cone and paste the ends together.
  • Stick them on the top of the wooden beads as a hat.
  • Draw a pair of eyes, a nose, and a mouth on the bead.

9. Pinecone turkeys

This is an extremely simple Thanksgiving craft for young children. They can be done in no time, and you can display them in your home or even gift them to your family.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Q-tips
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes

How to make:

  • Dip the Q-tips in the paints and keep them aside to dry.
  • Use glue to attach the Q-tips to the pinecone so that they are perpendicular to the body of the pinecone.
  • Attach the googly eyes.

10. Pinecone felt turkeys

This craft is for older children to make on Thanksgiving. Felt is a great material for crafting, and children love cutting it to make new crafts.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Felt in light brown, dark brown, red, and orange
  • Sheet of paper
  • Pencil

How to make:

  • Place your child’s hand on a sheet of paper and trace the shape.
  • Using the paper as an outline, cut the felt in different colors for the tail feathers.
  • Cut out a circle from the dark brown felt for the face.
  • Cut out a triangle from the orange felt for the beak.
  • Cut out the legs from the orange felt.
  • Cut out the red felt in the shape of a comma for the wattle.
  • Stick the googly eyes, beak, and wattle to the face of the turkey.
  • Stick them to the narrow end of the pinecone.
  • Put glue through the scales on the broader side of the pinecone and insert the hand-shaped felt through the scales.
  • Stick the legs on the underside of the pinecone.
  • Let the whole thing dry.

11. Pinecone bunnies

If your children want some pets, make some cute pinecone bunnies for them to play with. Then, they can make a bunny family, invite them to tea parties, and sleep with them.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Googly eyes
  • Felt in gray, pink, white, and black
  • Craft glue
  • Wooden beads with holes
  • Twine
  • Pom-poms
  • Scissors

How to make:

  • Cut out ovals from the black, white, or gray felt for the ears.
  • Cut the pink felt into smaller ovals for the inside of the ears.
  • Glue the outer and inner parts of the ear together.
  • Stick the googly eyes to the pinecone and the ears above them.
  • Attach the wooden bead to the front of the pinecone for the nose.
  • Pass a twine through the hole in the bead and stick it with some glue.
  • Pass two or three strands of twine to make the whiskers.
  • Glue the ears to the pinecone.
  • Attach a pom-pom to the back of the pinecone for a fluffy bunny tail.

12. Mini pinecone Christmas trees

Make cute mini Christmas trees from the pinecones you find on your walk. These make wonderful Christmas ornaments and decorations.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Green metallic acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Small flowerpots
  • Silver glitter

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecones with green metallic paint. Let the paint dry completely.
  • Apply Mod Podge to the edges of the scales.
  • Sprinkle some silver glitter on it while still wet.
  • Decorate the flowerpots as you wish.
  • Place the pinecones in the flowerpots or put them into large transparent ornament balls and display them on the Christmas tree.

13. Ombre pinecones

Ombre pinecones look amazing on your center tables and window sills. If you have a large pinecone, you can use three shades of the same color, and if your pinecone is small, you can use two shades.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paint in two or three different shades of the same color
  • Paintbrush

How to make:

  • Take the darkest shade of the color you have selected and apply it to the outer edge of each scale. Cover around 1/3rd of the pinecone this way.
  • Take the next lighter shade and apply it to the next 1/3rd of the pinecone.
  • Take the lightest shade and cover the last 1/3rd.
  • Let the paint dry completely.

14. Pinecone penguins

Penguins are well-known for spreading joy wherever they go. Thus, this pinecone penguin could be your child’s happy pet.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Black acrylic or spray paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Googly eyes
  • White pom-poms
  • Tacky glue
  • Felt in black, white, and yellow colors
  • Orange pipe cleaners
  • Scissors

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecone completely in black.
  • Let the paint dry completely.
  • Cut the orange felt into a small triangle for the nose.
  • Cut the black felt into semicircles for the wings.
  • Cut the white felt into an oval shape for the stomach.
  • Twist the pipe cleaners into small loopy shapes for the feet.
  • Attach the pom-poms on the pinecone.
  • Stick the googly eyes on top of the pom-poms.
  • Stick all the felt parts of the penguin in the correct places.
  • Attach the pipe cleaner (adults may use hot glue to fix this).
  • Stick some feathers above the eyes.
  • Let the glue dry completely.

15. Pinecone flowers

Make these beautiful pinecone flowers in bright colors if you want a craft that will brighten up your living space. They are extremely easy to make.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paints in bright colors
  • Paintbrushes

How to make:

  • Paint a small circle on the bottom of the pinecone in yellow or orange.
  • Paint the rest of the pinecone in a bright color of your choice.
  • Let the paint dry completely.
  • Apply another layer of paint if necessary.

16. Pom-pom pinecones

These bright pom-pom pinecones will brighten your mood no matter what season it is. You can use them as Christmas decorations as well.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Mini pom-poms
  • Gold string
  • Craft glue

How to make:

  • Cut the string into different lengths and glue the string pieces to the bottom of the pinecone.
  • Stuff the mini pom-poms between the spines.
  • If you plan to use many pom-poms, you do not need to use glue. If you wish to use only a few, you can use glue to fix them in place.

17. Pinecone fairies

All children love fairies. You can help them make colorful pinecone fairies they can carry everywhere.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paints in the colors of your choice
  • Paintbrushes
  • Big wooden beads
  • Silk leaves or felt
  • Glue
  • Marker

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecone in the color of your choice. Let the paint dry completely.
  • The wooden beads are the heads of the fairies. Paint hair onto them using colors of your choice.
  • Draw small eyes and a mouth using a marker.
  • Glue the wooden bead onto the pinecone.
  • Glue silk leaves onto the back of the pinecone. You can also cut felt into wing-shaped pieces and use them.
  • Let the whole assembly dry completely.

18. Pinecone snake

Make your own colorful and cute snake out of pinecones. This is an easy craft, and you can get a new snake every time you put the pinecones together.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paints in bright colors
  • Googly eyes
  • Red felt
  • Rope
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecones in different colors, and let the paint dry completely.
  • Tie them together with a rope. You need to fold the rope around the midsection of the pinecone and tie a knot. Continue with the next pinecone similarly.
  • Attach the googly eyes to the first pinecone.
  • Cut the felt in the shape of a forked tongue and glue it on the first pinecone.

19. Mini pinecone tree pots

If you are looking for some incredibly quick and easy pinecone crafts, you can make these. You can give them away as party favors too.

You will need:

  • Small pinecones
  • Mini flowerpots
  • Acrylic paints in the colors of your choice
  • Glitter paint
  • Paintbrushes

How to make:

  • Paint and decorate the mini flowerpots in whichever way you wish. Let the paint dry completely.
  • Add glitter on the rim of the flowerpots.
  • Place one pinecone in each flowerpot.

20. Pinecone roses

Pinecones are great for making flowers as their spines resemble petals when painted. Make these beautiful pinecone roses to gift to someone or display them in your home.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Twigs
  • Paper (newspaper will do too)
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make:

  • Paint the twigs green.
  • Paint the pinecones in different colors of a rose.
  • Paint the paper green.
  • Cut leaf shapes from the paper once the paint dries.
  • Attach each twig to a pinecone with glue.
  • Glue the leaf onto the stem.

21. Pinecone spider

Make creepy crawlies for Halloween with this simple pine cone craft for kids. Even if your children do not like spiders, they will enjoy making this.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Black or brown acrylic paint
  • Black or brown pipe cleaners–4 for each spider
  • Googly eyes–8 for each spider
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Paper plate

How to make:

  • Paint the pinecones in black or brown.
  • Let the paint dry completely.
  • Take four pipe cleaners and twist them around the center so they are joined in the middle.
  • Insert the joint into the spines of the pinecone and spread the legs of the spider.
  • On the bottom of the pinecone, glue eight googly eyes. The eyes can be of different sizes.

22. Pinecone bird feeder

Pinecone bird feeders are the best because they are eco-friendly and good for pollination too. Most children make these feeders at some point because they are so easy to make.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter
  • Birdseed
  • Glue
  • Twine
  • Paper plate

How to make:

  • Make a loop in the twine and attach it to the top of the pinecone.
  • Apply peanut butter to the pinecone. Cover as much area as possible.
  • Spread some birdseed on a paper plate.
  • Roll the pinecone in birdseed.
  • Hang the pinecone in your garden.

23. Pinecone stampers

This is an excellent sensory activity for young children. The craft can also help children learn about different patterns and sizes.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Assorted nuts
  • Playdough
  • Bowl

How to make:

  • Collect pinecones, nuts, and seeds in a bowl.
  • Roll out the playdough and press each shape into it.
  • Keep them as it is or roll them over to see repetitive patterns.

24. Pinecone crowns

Give the traditional tiara and crown a natural twist by making your child wear a crown made of pinecones. Of course, you could give them a wand too and make them a fairy of the forest.

You will need:

  • Pinecones
  • Acrylic paints in the colors of your choice
  • String

How to make:

  • Paint 9-10 pinecones in bright colors and let the paint dry.
  • Tie them together with a string.
  • Tie the ends of the string together.
  • You can make a wand by painting a pinecone and a twig in colors of your choice and gluing them together.

Pinecones are readily available in your backyard, on the sidewalk, and even in craft supply stores, where they come in different fragrances and designs. Pick the ones that catch your eye.

If you get one off the ground, make sure you clean it completely of dirt and insects before bringing them to your home. Then wash them thoroughly and bake them. They are now ready for whatever craft you wish to try. Interestingly, these pinecone crafts for kids also help children in connecting with nature.

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