I remember making these ornaments with my mom, so I wanted to recreate that experience with my kids. Over the weekend we set off to collect pine cones and acorn caps from our backyard, and found quite a few pine cones and not as many acorn caps. I think our search would have been a little more fruitful if we had done it a month earlier, but planning ahead is not my strong point. You could of course buy some of each at a craft store if you don’t have an easy source available.
Some of the pine cones looked a little moldy, although my oldest daughter (a biologist) assured me it was actually lichen, not mold. Either way we baked the pine cones and acorn caps at 200 F for about an hour, to dry them out and kill any mold/lichen or anything else that happened to be growing on it. Then we made the ornaments, which are very simple. We made some bigger and some smaller, based on the size of pine cones we had collected.
Pine Cone Men Directions
- Pine cones, large and small
- Acorn caps, large and small
- Styrofoam balls (1 1/2″ and 7/8″)
- small beads
- red permanent marker
- hot glue gun
Thread beads and sequins onto a pin to make eyes the eyes and nose of the ornament.Â Push them into the styrofoam ball.
Use the hot glue gun to secure the acorn cap to the styrofoam head. Then hot glue the head to a pine cone.
Draw on a mouth with a red permanent marker.
Cut a small piece of thread and make a loop and tie it around the stem of the acorn cap. Secure it with a little bit of hot glue.
They are adorable! Are you making any ornaments for the holidays this year?