There are some crafts that I remember doing when I was a girl that are now pretty iconic as childhood classics! This Frosty Pinecone Craft is one of those and I expect the majority of adults reading this have done it or a variation of it in their own childhood too.
This frosty pinecone craft, although based on a classic, has a clever little twist that really gives its frosty appearance a special edge! These pinecones are super frosty, super sparkly and super fun for little hands to make!
This is a great Winter craft to brighten up those long, dark, chilly months!
Frosty pinecones just shout out Winter and are great for hanging on the Christmas tree or gathering into bunches for a Winter display to hang on your door, wall or windows. I’ve hung ours on our wishing tree which gets new displays of crafted goodies throughout the year. I think they look just beautiful!
Because of the simplicity of this Winter craft it’s great for kids across the age ranges and as it uses pinecones that we can find for free (or buy really cheaply) it’s a frugal craft too. Whether you’re at home or in the classroom this frosty pinecone craft is an updated childhood classic not to be missed!
Before we get crafting with pinecones you might like to take a peek at some of our other Winter crafts too. Readers favourites have included frosty looking Winter Sugar Painting, adorable Button Snowflakes, real Snow Painting and wibbly wobbly Sensory Snow Gel!
Now let’s get back to those shimmery, shiny, frosted pinecones!
Frosty Pinecone Craft Tutorial
Supplies To Make Frosty Pinecones
This is a really frugal craft so the supplies list is short and sweet! I’ve also added in a link to a Wishing Tree too although this is completely optional of course. I absolutely LOVE our wishing tree and use it to display different crafts all year round. It’s also great to dress up for special occasions like birthday parties, Christmas and Easter. I couldn’t manage without mine!
- White Acrylic Paint
- White PVA Glue
- Large Grain Silver Glitter
- Silver Cord
- Optional – Wishing Tree
How To Make Frosty Pinecones
I rolled my pinecones around in the paint and glue mixture. I also used my hands to lightly rub over each pinecone so there weren’t any dripping blobs of mixture and to make sure that the cone was evenly covered from top to bottom, leaving the inner parts paint free. My kids love the feel of the lumpy, bumpy, slippery pinecones when they do this!
In another bowl big enough to fit my pinecones in I poured a shallow layer of glitter. Keeping the glitter in the bowl saves a lot of mess!
While the paint mixture was still wet on my pinecones I rolled each one lightly into the glitter. When I was a girl this pinecone craft was traditionally done with just glue and glitter. The modern twist of adding white paint to the glue works really well! The paint gives your pinecones a snow tipped look and the addition of glitter gives a wonderfully snowy, icy effect on the pinecone edges. It has a much more dense frosted appearance than just glitter and glue alone!
If you are going to display the frosty pinecones in a bowl or on a tray then you don’t need to do anything else other than enjoy how gorgeous they look! If you want to hang them on display perhaps on your own wishing tree or as a pinecone Christmas ornament, then read on!
If you want to hang your frosty pinecone craft like I have then you’ll need to attach some silver cord. You can simply tie some thread on if you want but I think it’s neater to tie a loop of thread and then glue it on. I used a hot glue gun for speed (I’m a bit of an impatient crafter!) but you can use the white PVA glue if you prefer but it will need time to dry before you can put your gorgeous sparkly pinecones on display!
I hope you like this twist on a classic Winter craft. I think the end results are quite stunning! We’re certainly going to be using some of our frosty pinecones as Christmas ornaments and will then enjoy them in a bowl on the coffee table for the Winter.
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