Have I mentioned yet that I’m loving these pine cone crafts? The materials…virtually free. The fact that I can decorate my home with stuff my kids created…love it. Today’s craft is no different. We decided to try painting pine cones to just see how it would go. It was an interesting experience because the only time we had to do it today was when Brian was at church and I was putting Baby D to bed. I got everything all set up and then…left…the…room. I know. Bad idea, right? It totally could have been the worst idea ever. But it all worked out fine! When I came back, M was done. Totally typical for her. She’s only 3 and still has a fairly short attention span. H on the other hand, was not even halfway done. She was painting each individual scale, front and back. She was switching colors with every scale and it turns out, when you do it that way, painting pine cones can take a veeery looooooooooooong time. I wouldn’t have complained except it was time for bed, I hadn’t had dinner, and she had to finish TONIGHT so I could get this post out to all of you this morning. So I stepped in and helped her. I didn’t take over, but I held her pine cone to make things easier for her and I helped her get the paint on the q-tips and find the scales that still needed painting. It was fun! We had one of those really bad, mommy meltdown kind of days yesterday, so we needed some good time together today.
Painting Pine Cones Made Easy
Preparation time: None!
Project time: ~15-7549 (if you’re as meticulous as H was) Minutes
Project cost: $ Low
Parental involvement: Low
Inspiration: Pretty Painted Pinecones from House by Hoff
- Pine cones
- Scrap paper
- Q-tips or a paint brush and water to rinse it in
Step by step instructions:
- On a piece of scrap paper, put out LOTS of colors of glue. In each color, put a q-tip and remind your child to try to not mix colors. You want the pine cones to stay nice and bright!
- Let your child go! See what they do on their own. Will they be like M and finish in 10 minutes or like H and very carefully paint each individual scale? Let me know in the comments what you think your little one would do!
- Tie raffia to the top of your child’s pine cone and hang in a pretty place. We’ll be putting ours on our Christmas tree when it goes up next month!
If you decide to try painting pine cones with your child, be sure to come back and tell me about it! Take pictures and share them on my Facebook sharing post! I’d love to see what you and your little ones are making together!
This post is part of my 31 Days of Easy Crafts for Kids series. Be sure to check out the rest of the crafts I’m doing this month!