For most of us, the leaves are changing color and there’s a cool, crisp bite in the air. Yes, autumn is on its way. You’ll taste it in cinnamon apple cider and warm soups, and you’ll experience the season in full with fun fall projects. So if you can’t wait until it’s time for pumpkin carving, we have some festive crafts to hold you over.
Pine Cone Pizzazz
Pine cones are our fall friends all season long. Here are some ideas to work pine cones into your home décor – and projects that include the whole family.
Pine Cones Painted & Sparkled
Choose fun shades that brighten an otherwise neutral room with a striking color. You can also try a pattern or go for a classic, elegant white. Or, buy a can of spray glitter and give those pine cones some sparkle. Go as heavy or as light as you wish, and then adorn your table with the glistening cones. Display them in your favorite bowl or basket.
Greenery & Wreaths
Elegantly display pine cones by placing a few clippings from a large herb or bush around the bottom of a glass container and layer a few pine cones on top. Group two or more glass containers with pine cones together for a natural centerpiece display.
What could be more homey and festive than a fresh wreath decorated with pine cones? Simply glue them to a wreath frame and add some additional flair by inserting berries or dried flowers into the design.
No-fuss Pine Cone Birdfeeders
Looking for a pine cone project? These simple, homemade pine cone birdfeeders will keep you and your helpers busy for an afternoon. You’ll have fun creating the birdfeeder inside – then take it outside to do its magic.
As with many crafts, things can get a bit messy, so don’t forget to put down some newspaper or have some wet towels on hand.
What You’ll Need
- Bird seed
- Pine cones – These can be collected free-of-charge from any pine cone-bearing tree. Grab a variety of sizes for diverse decoration, or just the big ones for maximum bird feeding
- Peanut butter – You might spring for the fancy peanut butter when it comes to packing lunch for the kids, but feel free to buy the cheap stuff – the birds won’t notice (and we won’t tell)
Building the Birdfeeders
Cut a length of twine for each pine cone. The twine should be about 18 inches long so that it can wrap around both the pine cone and a tree branch (or whatever else you decide to hang it from), with enough length in between so that birds can easily reach it.
Tie the twine to the pine cone. Make sure each piece of twine is tied around the very top of the pine cone so that it’s balanced as it hangs from the tree.
Tip: Be sure to tie the twine to the pine cone first. If you wait until after adding the peanut butter and birdseed, this already messy craft will get a whole lot messier.
Using a small butter knife or spatula, spread peanut butter over the surface of pine cone. If you feel like you need to get it into every nook and cranny, remember that a little peanut butter goes a long way – the more the messier!
Now it’s time to add the birdseed. Find a bowl that’s wide enough to fit the pine cone, and pour some birdseed into the bottom. Carefully roll the peanut butter-covered pine cones in the birdseed to thoroughly coat them.
You can also use a spoon or your fingers to sprinkle birdseed on the pine cone and fill in the spots you missed while rolling.
And that’s it! Unless the kids went crazy with the peanut butter, cleanup should be a snap. Now you can take your pine cone bird feeders out into the yard and hang them from tree branches, patio coverings or anything else you can find. Grab a cup of cider, relax and watch the birds feast on a delicious fall treat.