You Will Need ...
  1. Pine cones

  2. Hot glue or tacky glue

  3. Pipe cleaners

  4. Googly eyes

  5. Bottle cap (soda bottle, apple juice, laundry detergent, etc.)

  6. Decorative items: wine corks, lace, sequins, feathers, puff balls, etc.

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Step 1: 

To start, glue the open side of a flat-topped bottle cap (you will place the glue around the inside rim of the cap) to the bottom of your pine cone. This will provide a sturdy little stand for the pine cone. Rember, if you are using a glue gun, you should always have adult supervision. If you are using tacky glue, you may want to prep the bases ahead of time, allowing 1/2 hour for the tacky glue to dry.

Step 2: 

Your pine cone should now be able to sit straight up with its new base.

Step 3: 

Next, stick on some googly eyes. You'll soon see your pine cone critter taking life right before your eyes!

Step 4: 

Now for the pipe cleaner. This can be used to make a tail, antenna, arms, wings, whatever you choose! Simply wrap the pipe cleaner between the sections of the pine cone to secure it in place.

Step 5: 

Your critter's off to a great start! Now you can let your imagination run wild and create any kind of creature you like!

Age: 
Preschool
School-age
Tween
Craft Length: 
5 - 15 minutes
Difficulty: 
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Prep Time: 
5 minutes or less
Recycled: 
Fodder
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children
Tips: 

1. You can use anything flat to make the base for your pine cone: an old CD, a piece of cardboard, a popsicle stick... whatever you have that's flat and can safely accept glue (no thin plastic or foam).
2. Turn your pinecone on its side to make four-legged critters.
3. Let the shape of the pinecone dictate the creature.
4. Use natural items: pebbles, pine needles, dry leaves, seed pods, etc. to make an all-natural critter.

Variations: 

At this point, it's up to your imagination with what you would like to add to your pinecone. You can put a hula skirt made out of yarn, whiskers made out of pipe cleaners, or feathers to create a bird. I've also turned a larger pine cone into a fire-breathing monster, and one into a cute elf! Let your imagination run wild!

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