Pine cone elves

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This pine cone craft is a lovely Christmas activity for children. Gather pine cones on a family walk and spend a happy afternoon transforming them into these adorable pine cone elves. It’s a little fiddly to glue all the bits in place so this craft is best for older kids. Little kids can join in but will need a bit of help from an adult.

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You will need:

  • Pine cones
  • Small wooden balls (you can buy these cheaply online or from craft shops)
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paints and fine paintbrush or a fine felt tip pen
  • Glue gun 

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Step 1: Make your elf hat

You need to cut a quarter of a circle out of felt (see photo). This will become the elf’s hat. You can make sure it fits round the wooden ball at this point to check it’s the right size.

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Step 2: Add glue

Using a glue gun place glue on one edge of your felt piece.

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Step 3: Make the hat

Now bring the two edges together and stick down to make a little cone hat.

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Step 4: Make the elf’s head

Squeeze glue round the inside of your elf hat and glue a small wooden ball in place.

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Step 5: Add the pine cone

Squeeze a big blob of glue onto the top of your pine cone and stick the elf’s head in place.

Don’t worry too much if it looks messy with the glue as you will soon be covering this up with the elf’s scarf.

Hold your elf’s head in place until the glue is dry.

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Step 6: Add a scarf

Cut a thin strip of felt and glue in round your elf’s neck as a scarf.

Snip the ends of the scarf to add detail.

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Step 7: Bring your elf to life

All that’s left to do is carefully paint on eyes and a smile.

Use a very fine paintbrush and acrylic paint or a fine felt tip pen.

You could also glue on ribbon or thread so that your little elves can hang from the branches of your Christmas tree.

 

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If you enjoyed this pine cone craft then take a look at our Twinkling Christmas jars for more festive decorations.

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