All kids love collecting pine cones when the cold weather hits. Make good use of them to make these adorable mini Christmas trees that the children can decorate. This project looks great at home and is also a fabulous handmade gift from kids.
Christmas Trees From Pine Cones
- wide pine cones with a relatively symmetrical shape
- powdered plaster of Paris
- disposable plastic container (such as a large yogurt)
- green and white paint
- materials to decorate the trees (glitter, kosher salt, cotton balls, beads, sequins, ribbon, etc.)
Mix about 4 tablespoons of water into 10 tablespoons of plaster of paris and mix. Your proportions might be different. Just get the right consistency.
Pour the wet plaster into the bottom of a plastic container and insert the pine cone.
Let it dry, then cut/pull off the plastic container.
Paint the plaster base white and the pine cone green. If adding glitter, do it while the green paint is wet.
You can also sprinkle on coarse Kosher salt for a faux snow effect.
Glue beads, mini bells, sequins, and bits of pulled-apart cotton balls on to the green pine cone after the paint has dried.
You can also weave yarn or ribbon around the "branches" of the trees.
Get more details and tips for this project on my blog: https://www.cucicucicoo.com/2013/12/pine-cone-christmas-trees-tutorial-kids/
Another great project to do with kids are these egg carton poinsettia Christmas ornaments!