That crafty Red Ted Art set a challenge recently to get crafting with nature. Obviously I pointed to the fabulous Autumn Nature Wreath that Dimples and I made, but she demanded that I do better. So I did.
Dimples and I had cause to stay inside one day. Rain- bleurgh. But I had some fabulous new metallic acrylic paints that I was eager to use and a bowl of pinecones we had garnered weeks earlier when out and about.
So we painted them. With five different colours, we took it in stages. As most young children have a relentless desire to blend any number of colours into a non-descript grey-brown, I tried to avoid this by offering only one colour at a time. We sat side by side painting individual ‘leaves’ of the cones, letting them dry between colours. (I wasn’t so mean that I didn’t give Dimples a few to go mad on in her own unique way.)
Once they were dry I put them in a glass dish in the playroom so that Dimples could get them out whenever she wanted. They looked so very beautiful.
Then I had an idea.
So I bought three lengths of ribbon, cut it into different lengths and used a glue gun to attach a pine cone to the end of each ribbon length. Once all the cones were dried, I spent a while arranging them until I was happy with the design before securing the loose ends of ribbon with a bow. And I hung it on our front door to welcome Autumn.
I recently shared this craft on a hangout with some crafty UK bloggers, hosted by the unshakeable Maggy at Red Ted Art. She made some dear little Pine Cone Babies- which feature in her new and utterly fabulous craft book. Kid’s Chaos made an adorable hedgehog using a cone and air drying clay, whilst Plus 2 point 4 did some printing with pine cones, which make fabulous wrapping paper. The ever-creative Zing Zing Tree made a very adaptable felt animal creation, that you can mix and match and Mum at the Madhouse made a lovely little owl that I adored. The Frog & The Fairy made some adorable small world play trees and a Christmas tree for a doll’s house, which is such a wonderful way to really bring nature into your home for young children. Proving that great ideas are very simple, Liz at Me and My Shadow made the most elegant pin-able Pine Cone Photo Holders. I wish I had that kind of creativity?
If you fancy a watch and a giggle- things didn’t quite go to plan- then you can watch the Pine-Cone Craft Hangout here.