When I was in college, my aunt sent me a Christmas care package with two tiny pinecone angels she and her kids made for me. Those little angels followed me all through college, and on to my first apartment. They were so stinking cute.
That’s why I like these. They’re Christmas crafts for kids, but so cute that you can give them to people who aren’t related to your children and they’ll still put them out as a decoration. And I’m a huge fan of any crafts that use supplies found in nature. They suit us well.
You can use pinecones you’ve collected on walks and hikes, or you can buy a bag at a craft store. We got a bag at Michael’s — about 8-10 pinecones for less than $5. While we were there, we bought small wooden balls for the heads, and dried moss for the hair.
We used white, sparkly pipe cleaner for the wings, which we folded in half. Then we twisted each end around the middle and made each side into an oval:
We glued the wings onto the back of the angel:
For the hair, I just covered the head with hot glue and pressed the moss on until I liked the way it looked. She got a little trim with the scissors as well.
The halo is a gold pipe cleaner, wrapped around my finger. I twisted the ends together, put a small dot of hot glue on each end, and pressed it into her mossy hair.
The boys refused to put hair on their angels and so we have two well-coiffed angels and two bald angels.
I can’t decide whether our angel family will hang out, all together, on the piano for the holiday season…or whether they will scatter themselves throughout the house. Hm.
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