Pine Cone Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Pine Cone Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Pine Cone Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

What you will need:

  • Small and Large Pine Cones
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • White and Red Felt for making a hat (or buy a hat pre-made)
  • Googlie eyes
  • 3 Brown pipe cleaners
  • Red pom-pom
Santa Hats
Santa Hats

I was planning on making a Santa hat out of felt for our pine cone Rudolph, until I found these cute Santa hats on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

Things needed
Things needed
Placing the leg
Placing the leg

Weave/wrap the first pipe cleaner through the pine cone in the spot you want the legs to go, when the two ends meet leave them about an inch apart.

Weave through
Weave through

Fold back the end of the pipe cleaner back up to the pine cone (so you have shorter sturdier legs) the finished legs should be about 2-3 inches long.

Fold up
Fold up

Weave/wrap the second pipe cleaner about an 1.5 inches down from the first legs.

Weave the pipe cleaner through the pine cone
Weave the pipe cleaner through the pine cone

Once the legs are on there make sure that it balances well.

TIP: You can re-adjust them as needed since they are only pushed in the pine cone cracks and not permanently attached in any way.

Once the legs are on there make sure that it balances well
Once the legs are on there make sure that it balances well

Weave the remaining pipe cleaner to one end of the small pine cone. Cut off about 2 inches off the end of the pipe cleanersย  and then twist them on to the antlers as desired.

Weave the remaining pipe cleaner to one end of the small pine cone
Weave the remaining pipe cleaner to one end of the small pine cone

Squeeze hot glue to the large pine cone to where you want the head to sit and put the smaller cone into place. Glue the hat on behind the antlers.

Gluing the nose on Rudolph
Gluing the nose on Rudolph

On the tip of the small pine cone put glue and put the pom-pom nose on.

Lastly glue on the eyes
Lastly glue on the eyes

Lastly glue on the eyes.

Reindeer hugs
Reindeer hugs

Your reindeer is ready for some love ๐Ÿ™‚

Reindeer kisses
Reindeer kisses
Pine Cone Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Pine Cone Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Pine Cone Holiday Penguin!

Holiday pine cone penguin!
Holiday pine cone penguin!

What you will need:

  • A Pine Cone
  • Black tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Black, White and Red Felt for making tummy/face, wings, and a hat (or buy a hat pre-made)
  • Googlie eyes
  • Orange pipe cleaner
  • Wet wipes (for cleaning)
Santa Hats
Santa Hats

I was planning on making a Santa hat out of felt for our pine cone penguin, until I found these cute Santa hats on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

Paint the pine cone black
Paint the pine cone black

First paint the pine cone black and let the paint dry.

TIP: If you the squeeze the paint directly on the pine cone and then spread it with a brush, it is easier to do than putting the paint on a plate and having to scoop it up with the brush.

Things to make a holiday pine cone penguin!
Things to make a holiday pine cone penguin!

Cut the white felt in a oblong 8 figure as shown in the picture above. Cut two wings out of the black felt. If you are making your own Santa hat make it before you start on the penguin.

Penguin's beak and feet
Penguin’s beak and feet

Cut a small part off the orange pipe cleaner and bend it in a “V” shape for the beak. Then take the remaining piece and bend 3 toes on each end as shown in the above picture.

Ready to hot glue!
Ready to hot glue!

Plug in your hot glue gun and let it heat up.

Gluing the face first!
Gluing the face first!

Start with gluing the face first on to the white felt piece.

Then take the pine cone and glue the white felt piece on as desired. After that glue the hat and wings on as desired.

Penguin's feet glued on
Penguin’s feet glued on

On the bottom of the pine cone glue on the feet as shown above.

Pine Cone Holiday Penguin!
Pine Cone Holiday Penguin!

Enjoy your new Holiday Penguin ๐Ÿ™‚

Penguin love
Penguin love <3
Pine Cone Holiday Penguin and Rudolf!
Pine Cone Holiday Penguin and Rudolf!

Instructions for Rudolf here.

Our holiday pine cone friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Holiday pine cone friends
Holiday pine cone friends

Instructions for pine cone Santa click here

Instructions for the painted tree click here

Instructions for the salt dough ornaments click here

Pine Cone Santa!

Pine Cone Santa
Pine Cone Santa

I was planning on making a Santa hat out of felt for our pine cone Santa, until I found these cute Santa hats on sale at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.

Santa Hats
Santa Hats

What you will need:

  • A Pine Cone
  • Red Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Gorilla Glue (you could use a hot glue gun instead)
  • Felt for making a hat or buy a hat pre-made
  • Googlie eyes
  • Cotton balls
  • Dowel Cap (for head)
  • Wet wipes (for cleaning)

 

Ready to paint
Ready to paint

Paint the pine cone.

Painting the pine cone
Painting the pine cone

It doesn’t have to be completely covered in paint, the imperfections will add character ๐Ÿ™‚

TIP: Have wet wipes handy to wipe off paint from hands

Painted pine cone
Painted pine cone

Allow the paint to dry.

TIP: You could add glitter if you wanted to by sprinkling some into the wet paint.

Ready to glue together the Santa
Ready to glue together the Santa

Test out how you want the head (dowel) to sit before adding the glue.

Put glue in the bottom and sides of the hole in the dowel and then fit it over the pine cone top pieces (the spot you want the head to sit).

Attaching the beard
Attaching the beard

Stretch out and shape a cotton ball into a beard of your liking. Then place glue on the parts of the pine cone that it will touch and set it in place.

TIP: You will want to glue the top of the beard on to the head, so add a dab of glue there.

Attaching the googlie eyes
Attaching the googlie eyes

Put a dab of glue to where you want the eyes to go and put the googlie eyes in place.

Attaching the googlie eyes
Attaching the googlie eyes

Put a small cotton ball inside the hat (to help keep it’s form). Put glue on the edges of the hat and cotton ball where they touch theย  dowel (head). Allow all the glue to dry.

TIP: This is where I wished I had faster drying glue option (like hot glue or maybe super glue) since the hat didn’t want to stay exactly where I wanted it to at first.

Finished Pine Cone Santa!
Finished Pine Cone Santa!

Glitter Painted Pine Cone Ornaments

Glitter painted pine cone ornaments
Glitter painted pine cone ornaments

Only 48 days until Christmas! It’s the perfect time of year to start making ornaments. (Sophia was 1.5 years old, since this is from last year.)

Setting up for projects properly is the most important part when working with a toddler. You want to have everything you may need at arms reach. Tip: Tin foil is super easy for cleaning up afterwards, so I use it a lot.

Chris helped me with this project and it helps immensely to have an extra pair of hands and eyes. This year I would tackle this with just Sophia and I, since she follows instructions (most of the time).

What you will need:

-pine cones (you can buy them if you aren’t able to find any)

-white, glitter red, and glitter green acrylic paints

-paint brushes

-eyelet screws

-string

mod podge

Set up is half the battle
Set up is half the battle

I found really nice pine cones on one of our walks in our neighborhood and picked them up. I cleaned them off, screwed in the eyelet screws, put strings on and painted them white. I hung them up to dry (put something underneath to catch the paint drips).

Once they were dry I set it all up for Sophia to paint. Since this was her first time painting, we didn’t know what to expect, so we prepared for the worst. We took off her shirt, had a packet of wet wipes, paper towel roll, towels… well you get the idea.

Really all it took was to be in control the paint and give her more when she wanted it but keeping it out of reach other wise.

Painting on pine cone- red glitter paint
Painting on pine cone- red glitter paint
Painting on pine cone- red glitter paint
Painting on pine cone- red glitter paint
Painting on pine cone- green glitter paint
Painting on pine cone- green glitter paint

Once the glitter paint was all dry I painted a thin layer of mod podge over the pine cones to help preserve them longer. Ps it dries clear so don’t worry about it looking cloudy when you put it on.

Sophia really enjoyed the experience and they made super cute presents for family ๐Ÿ™‚

Glitter painted pine cones
Glitter painted pine cones