Fall is definitely here in Minnesota. The leaves are falling and our evening walks will soon be coming to a end with the cold temperatures are fast approaching. I already have been stuffing my jacket pockets with mittens .
While the dogs run freely through the fallen leaves, I find myself picking up pinecones and collecting sticks. I always end up needing a random stick when we have 10 inches of snow covering the ground.
With the piles of sticks and pinecones gathered I put them together to make flower pinecones perfect for a fall afternoon of crafting.
To start you will need the following supplies: photos by: Jessica Kesterson
- hot glue gun
- wool felt
- gold paint / paint brush
Step 1: Start by tracing and cutting out 5 pedal shapes out of your wool felt. This project is great for littles. If your little one is wanting to help, trace the peddles onto the felt and let them help cut. You will also need to cut a leaf shape. I cut mine on the fold so it would wrap around my stick. Before starting step 2, paint the top of your pinecone with a little gold paint. I left parts of the pinecone natural and just added a brush stroke of gold to the ends.
Step 2: Cut a strip of felt approximately 4 inches wide by 10 inches long (depending on the size of your pinecone). Take the felt strip (mine is pink) and fold it in half . Using your scissors cut slits on the fold only cutting half way down.
Step 3: Hot glue one of the folded strip ends to your pinecone and wrap around your pinecone. I over lapped mine about an inch, cut the extra off and then hot glued the other end.
Step 4: Now we get to start adding the peddles around the pine cone. On the bottom of each peddle add a small about of hot glue and attach to the bottom of the pine cone. Repeat this round with all of your peddles.
Once all of your peddles are attached, you may want to add a little hot glue inside the peddles adhering them together towards the top. This will help them be less floppy.
And thats it!!! Your flowers are ready to be enjoyed.