Here’s a great summer project that will take your kids outside on a hunt, then spend the a crafternoon making fun pinecone pineapples!! I mean, who doesn’t like pineapples? It’s an easy craft they can do this summer! Put on your suntan lotion, grab your sunglasses and head to your local park or walk around neighborhood, having your kids collect pinecones!
Here’s what you’ll need:
(If you don’t have any pinecones in your area, they sell pinecones at craft stores. Some, holiday scented in cinnamon.)
– Yellow Acrylic Paint
– Paint Brush/Sponge
– Green Construction Paper
– Small straw/ or any tool that will help you curl up the construction paper.
1.) Once you’ve collected the pinecones, I’d suggest cleaning them. If you’re like me and hate little creepy crawler bugs, take your pine cones and toss it into the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15minutes. Wait to cool down.
If you don’t really care for some dirt, feel free to skip step 1.
2.) Get your yellow paint and paint brush and coat the pinecone. Don’t feel like you have to coat the inside of the pinecone. All you need to do is just paint the outside tips of the pinecone.
This step can be done with any child as old as 1. Have your children get messy while painting!!
3.) Set aside the painted pinecones to dry.
4.) With the green construction paper, cut out grass like strips. I eye-balled my cuts, but feel free to draw it out first, if you like the guide.
This step can be dome with any older children who have good hand and eye coordination.
5.) Using a small straw or tiny cylinder like pen, (I used a CapriSun straw), start curling in the tips of the leaves.
Make sure you add different heights to each leaf!!
6.) Curl in the leaves. Roll it outward, so that your curls are facing outward other than facing each other.
7.) Grab a piece of scotch tape and secure the bottom of the green construction paper.
8.) Insert the green paper to the top of the dried pinecone.
You may need to play around with it, and really stick in the green rolled up leaf, since every pinecone is shapped differently at the top.
And there you go! Perfect pinecone pineapples for to enjoy on a summer crafter-noon!
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