Create a Pine Cone Ornament Craft with Arlington Parks & Recreation
By Dianely Luis, Arlington Parks & Recreation
Posted on December 23, 2019, December 23, 2019

With the holidays underway, now is the perfect time to get crafty with your little ones! You can do so much with pine cones for the holidays like creating pine cone candles or even pine cone ornaments for your Christmas tree. If you would like for your family to be active and have some holiday fun, this is the perfect activity for you.

Since winter is in full swing, several of our parks are filled with an endless supply of pine. Spend a jolly day at the park playing and hunting for pine cones, then head home to enjoy some hot chocolate while making cute crafts together.

Here are the materials you will need for this afternoon of fun:

• Pine cones

• Small Twigs

• Red Pipe Cleaners

• Red Pompoms

• Googly Eyes (small)

• Brown Felt

• Scissors

• Hot Glue Gun/Glue Stick

Reindeer Pine Cone Ornament

1. Cut the brown felt to make ears for the reindeer. (Tip: Grab a few fallen leaves to help you cut out the shape.)

2. Use the hot glue gun to carefully glue the eyes on the pine cone. Do this one at a time so you can hold the eye in place for a few seconds while it cools.

3. Attach the small twigs to the bottom of the cone with hot glue in order to resemble antlers.

4. Crease the felt ears in the middle then attach them under where you attached the twigs.

5. Carefully glue a red pom-pom on the tip of the pine cone. (Tip: Use tweezers to glue on the pom-pom since the hot glue can seep through.)

6. Cut a red pipe cleaner in half and glue the ends of the pipe cleaner to the bottom of the cone. The ends should be glued in between where the twigs were attached.

7. Hang your adorable ornament on your Christmas tree!

You can try different variations and be creative with your kids since the possibilities are endless! If you need a little more inspiration, check out Pinterest for more ideas.

We hope you and your family will have Happy Holidays and be sure to tag us on social media to show us your crafty creations after a day at the park!

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