Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pine cone ornaments

When I was young we used to make these pine cone ornaments for the tree. You can decorate them any way you like (with fake snow, googly eyes and antlers, glitter). They are just pine cones picked up in the backyard and baked so they are not sticky then decorated. They make a great handmade craft to give as Christmas gifts.

All you have to do is:
- Go outside and find some pine cones (this is a great activity for the kids to do)
- shake out any dirt loose dirt that is on them
- put them in the sink in warm water and let them soak for about 1/2 hour
- place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake them at 200F for about 1/2-2 hours. You will see when the ends open and they get shiny. They will not be sticky anymore and ready to decorate after they cool.

These cones will last for years prepped this way.

Wyatt helped make this one. I will post the other ones as I make them


Janey said...

These are really cute. This would be such a fun craft to do with my boys!

Kim said...

They are so easy too :) We have to get around to finishing them up and I will put the other ones on here because there are some really neat things you can do to decorate them :)