Bring the great outdoors into your next craft project by using pine cones. Consider one of the following pine cone craft ideas for around your home.
Use old pine cones to create a natural bird feeder. The new ones aren't pliable enough. Mix peanut butter with regular butter or lard and spread it on the pine cone using a spatula or knife. Don't skimp on the butter or lard. It's essential to keep birds from choking on sticky peanut butter. Roll the pine cone in bird feed several times until it is fully covered, and set it outside and watch as your feathered friends enjoy their treat.
Use a wire frame or other circular wreath holder to create a sturdy base for your pine cones. If you're using a wire frame, soak the pine cones overnight so they will close up enough to fit into the frame. Let it dry in the sun for a few days and then spray your new decoration with a sealer. Other types of wreaths may require you to super glue the pine cones in place.
Create an earthy, natural room refresher by turning your pine cones into fragrant potpourri. Mix miniature pine cones, bayberry leaves and basalm needles together, and then your favorite pine fragrance oil. Your home will smell like a mountain getaway in no time!
Kids love decorating the Christmas tree, so why not let them enjoy the experience all year long? Gather several large pine cones and secure them in small planting pots. Provide your kids with fun decorating supplies—glitter, puff paint, rhinestones and fuzzy craft balls—and help them to decorate their very own tree. This craft is great for other holidays as well. Spooky Halloween trees or patriotic Fourth of July trees are just as much fun to decorate!