We often find pinecones all over our neighborhood and just pretty much all around town. I thought, why not make a nature craft out of nature?  So, we have a pinecone craft I like to call: Pinecone Pictures!

pinecone craft

So I let my daughter pick up a few that were lying around on the sidewalk and bring them inside. I’ve been more and more lenient about bringing things inside from outside these days.  I want our kids to have frequent contact with nature both inside and outside our home, so bringing nature inside seems the perfect solution.

Growing up I always loved pinecones (we had a huge pinecone tree in our yard right outside of our home on military base in Greatfalls, Montana).  Pinecones will always have a special connection with me. I picked them up ever winter and collected them in my bedroom. I was so fond of pinecones as a child that I jumped at the opportunity to use the fallen pinecones on our street to create a special memory with my daughter.

Here’s what we came up with.

You’ll need:

  • pinecones
  • paints
  • glue
  • construction paper

As you see, you don’t need a whole lot to do this activity, and younger kids especially enjoy it.

What to do:

Have your child break apart the pinecone (younger children may need help).

Have your child paint the pinecone pieces and set aside to dry.  I haven’t experimented enough to know which paints work better, but we are simply using acrylics.

Afterward, glue them on flat size downward onto construction paper into whatever pattern your child likes.  That’s our simple pinecone craft activity.  Let me know what you think!


Here’s a bonus video showing our process:

Let me know if you try this activity and what your thoughts are. Leave a comment!

Check out more fall activities here!

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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