By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
This little pinecone snowman is ready to hit the slopes! This simple project is fun for kids -- just leave extra time for painting.
What you'll need:
- White, light blue, and black craft paint
- 1 brown chenille stem
- 1" piece of orange chenille stem
- 2 medium light blue pom-poms
- 2" piece of light blue felt
- 12" light blue scrap fabric, cut to 1" width
- 2 medium white glittery pom-poms
- 2 toothpicks
- 2 jumbo craft sticks
- Blue glitter glue
- Snow texture medium (recommended: Snow-tex)
- Blue chenille stem
- White craft glue or hot glue gun
How to make it:
- If you gather your pinecone from outside, make sure there are no bugs hiding inside.
- Paint pinecone with white paint. A second coat may be needed. Allow to dry completely (see image).
- When pinecone is dry, tie blue fabric strip around the top 1/3 of the pinecone as the scarf (see image). Fringe the ends of the scarf by cutting thin strips with scissors.
- Paint jumbo craft sticks with light blue paint and set aside to dry.
- Glue blue felt strip to the top of the pinecone for the ear muff band (see image). Glue the blue pom-poms to the ends of the felt strip.
- Assemble ski poles by gluing white glitter pom-poms to the end of the two toothpicks (see image).
- Cut brown chenille into thirds. Set one piece aside for another project. Insert a brown chenille piece into the side of the pinecone for the arm and glue in place. Repeat on other side.
- Hold the "ski pole" up to the "arm" and once you have it where you want it, trim the end of the chenille to about ¾" away from the pole (see image). Wrap the end of the chenille arm around the pole and add a dab of glue to hold in place.
- Glue the pinecone to the jumbo craft stick skis. Paint the craft sticks with a bit of blue glitter glue (see image). Dab on some snow texture medium to the skis.
- Dot on two eyes with black paint using the handle end of the paintbrush. Glue the orange chenille piece in as the nose.
- Add a chenille hanger for your ornament by bending a piece of blue chenille in half and gluing the open ends onto the back of the pinecone.