It is always exciting when you can incorporate nature into your crafts. Partly because a lot of the items are free and are just there for the picking like pinecones for example. We love this particular craft medium because it is one where you can really let your imagination run wild.

Let’s start with something easy and whimsical:

Pinecone Owls
pinecone owlsimage source:diyncrafts

These are quick and easy to make and would look adorable sitting on a windowsill in a child’s room maybe.


bleached pineconesimage source: ehow

Bleached pinecones look lovely gathered in a jar. You may also want to bleach them if you are going to paint them. Click on the image link to discover how to do this.


hedghogsimage source:pinterest

Now we know its not quite time to start with the Christmas decorations, but we couldn’t resist these little guys. They could be hung anywhere all year round. They are adorable little hedgehogs. All you need to do is slice off the end of a pinecone then decorate with push pins and markers.


Pinecone Globe:

pinecone globeimage source: little-inspirations

All you really need for this is a styrofoam globe and some long hat or push pins. You could put some final touches on it by spraying the tips with gold or silver. This would be a wonderful accessory of decor for a rustic themed home.

Pinecone Mice:

pinecone miceimage source:sortra

Make sure you choose the pinecones that haven’t opened up yet for this project. It is pretty well a see and do. You want some small nuts for the head, and for the ears you can take a piece off the pinecone, or break a walnut and file a piece of the shell down to resemble ears. A pipe cleaner will work for the tail.

Pinecone Fire Starters:

pinecone fire startersimage source:somethingturquoise


  • Soy wax flakes
  • Pinecones
  • Candle fragrance oil
  • Candle dye blocks
  • Wired candle wicking
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large heat proof container
  • Frying pan
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Cute tags and twine

 click on the image link for full instructions

Fairy Folks:

fairy folksimage source:twigandtoadstool.blogspot

Click on the image link to learn how to make these and several other adorable pinecone characters

Okay we don’t want to go into too many more pinecone ideas because we don’t want to rush winter and especially Christmas where so many delightful pinecone ideas can be used.

There are a few tips that we want to leave you with so you can use them for your pinecone crafts

How to clean pinecones.

Cleaning Pineconesimage source:twoityourself

Click on the image link for the instructions, because you want to be sure that you get all the bugs out of the pinecones before you turn them into a craft

Painting Pinecone Basics

pinecone paintingimage source:jamiebrock.hubpages

Click on the image link to learn some nifty ways for painting your pinecones

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