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 I used yarn from my stash for the hair (you can also use dried moss from the floral section at Michaels).
Pinecone Angel Christmas Crafts for Kids:
- wooden spheres (found at Michaels and other craft stores)
- sparkly pipe cleaner
- glue gun or other quick-drying glue
Many pinecones have a stick poking straight up at the top. Break that off (ours came off easily when I snapped it off by hand) so you have a flat top for your head. Glue the flat part of the sphere to the pinecone to make the head.
Take a pipe cleaner and fold into an oval. Then twist the oval in half to make the wings (you can see in the above video how we did it). Glue them to the back.
Draw on the face.
Trim some yarn to a good length for hair. Put one dot of glue on top of the head and add the hair. You may want to give your angel a haircut after you add the yarn, just to clean things up a bit.
Take a small length of pipe cleaner and wrap it around your finger to make a halo. Twist ends together. Add a small dot of glue to your yarn hair and add the halo.
That’s it! You can make a bunch of angels and group them together, or scatter them around the house and tuck them in Christmas decorations all over the place. And you can make some extras as gifts or present toppers!
For more fun Christmas ideas, try one of these:
And if you’d like some tasty, fun drinks to make with the kids while you decorate and craft, check out my new ebook “Drinks for All Seasons: Fun and Festive Drinks for Any Occasion,” which has more than 40 recipes for a variety of drinks. The book includes warm drinks like hot chocolates, coffees, and lattes; cocktails (warm and chilled); smoothies and so much more! You can find the ebook here – it’s full of fun, delicious drinks for parties, or just for making up while you hang out at home with the family.