Crafty Kids: Pinecone Santa

Growing up, my mom’s family always had the tradition of making gifts for extended family for Christmas.  That way, everyone didn’t have to buy presents for all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, etc. – but we could still give each other a little something. One year, my mom and I made these for everyone, and I thought I’d share with you how easy and cute this little craft is.

This craft will need support from an adult, but after some coaching, I imagine kids could do most of this project on their own.




  • Pinecone – try to find one with a stem
  • White Spray Paint
  • Craft Paint
  • Cotton Ball
  • White Trim (optional)
  • Floral wire
  • Glue – I used hot glue, but crafting glue would probably work just fine.

  1. Lightly spray your pinecone white.  I liked leaving a bit of the natural finish showing through – it gives it a little character.
  2. Hold your pinecone with the stem pointing up.  Pick out three petals – 2 for the “eyes” and one for the “nose”.  These petals should be about half way down your pinecone – paint those petals a fleshy color.
  3. Above the eyes will be Santa’s hat.  Paint the petals above your eyes and around the pinecone red (or any other color you want Santa’s hat to be).
  4. If you are adding trim around the edge of Santa’s hat, now is the time.  Wrap and glue the trim around the bottom edge of the hat.
  5. Before adding your final touch – wrap floral wire around the stem and bend into a loop at the top (so you can slip an ornament hook through) and add some glue to secure to the pinecone.
  6. Now pull off some cotton from the cotton ball and glue around the top – hiding most of the wire.

Get creative!  Add eyes or dried flowers or extra trim – or leave it minimalistic and hang it from your tree or somewhere else around your house.  Or, better yet, give it to a loved one.

Happy Crafting!


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