Friday, November 9, 2007

Nature's Canvas

Fun with pine cones!

I have found that most kidlets get a real kick out of painting things that they wouldn't ordinarily paint. One fun project for fall (or anytime) is to paint pine cones. We collect them year round here at the tiny casa. So, take your kidlet out for a walk and go pine cone gathering. Once you are back home and settled in, have your wee ones paint a pine cone masterpiece!

What you need:
*acrylic paint
*paint brushes
*clean, paint proof area to work in

scrumdilly-do it!

Set out your supplies and let your wee ones have a blast paint, paint, painting away. Add some glitter to the wet paint for flair...Set your pine cones somewhere to dry and wait.Once they are dry, Let your wee ones decorate the house with them or perhaps load 'em into a bowl for a centerpiece.You can also add string to them and string them along...Oodles of fun can be had and a bowlful of painted pinecones would make for a great homespun gift.

**To kick it up a notch, throw in a few other collagable supplies like feathers, ribbon, pipecleaners and glue and let your kidlets fancy up their pine cones even more. Have fun!


  1. i love your ideas. can one use something other than acrylic paint instead. e have guash here and fingerpaint. or is this project to easy for a 6yo?

  2. thanks! fingerpaint may work but it will probably peel off when dry. a washable poster paint would be bright enough to work also. i think a six year old would love this project. especially the hunting for pine cones part!

  3. i stumbled upon your site through soulemama, wow! thanks for the great ideas and resources, we will be doing the pine cones tomorrow : )

  4. Pine cones are so much fun to work with and you can do a lot with them. I love your blog - SCRUM DILLY DO~~!!