Top 10 Things to do With Pine Cones

While out walking the dog in the woods I often see Conifer cones all over the floor, just about everywhere. But the other day I saw someone collecting them (hundreds of them) and wondered what on earth they could make or indeed do with all that make pine cones. Well, it seems there are quite a lot of options, but I thought I would bring you just 10…

 


Top 10 Things to do With Pine Cones


 

Pine Cones Turned into Christmas decorations
Pine Cones Turned into Christmas decorations

10 – Life at the tip of colour.
elhadadepapel.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/pinas-decoradas-de-navidad.html

This idea to use pine cones with coloured tips as a Christmas tree decoration is one great idea and a great way to start this top 10 off. Fun to make and great to look at, they are sure to make a great talking point for anyone who sees them.

Pinecone Monsters
Pinecone Monsters

9 – Monster Cones
craftandcreativity.com/blog/2012/05/10/pineconemonster/

Why not make some of these fun pinecone monsters with the kids and hang them up all around the garden! They are more than enough to scare the bird away.

Pine Cones Turned into Turkeys
Pine Cones Turned into Turkeys

8 – Gobble, Gobble!
www.snickerdoodles.ca/snickerdoodle_life/2012/10/diy-pine-cone-ideas.html

While it might be better to make these around Christmas time, the general idea of turning a pine cone into a turkey is a fun thing to do at any time of the year! Please do check out the link  to see the other pine cone ideas the page offers as their all good.

Pine Cones Turned into Owl
Pine Cones Turned into Owl

7 – The Wise old Cone.
artexperiencesfortots.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/this-is-a-craft-snowy-owl/

What is not to like about making a lovable baby own from a pine cone? It just doesn’t matter how old you are, this would be a fun thing to make, I will definitely be trying to make one of these myself.

Paint dipped pine cones
Paint dipped pine cones

6 – Dip ’em, Stack em!
indulgy.com/search/pine–cones

Nothing is more simple than dipping the pine cones into some coloured paint and placing them in a glass display vase. It looks great, simple to do and can bring a nice touch of colour to any home. Well, worth a go I think!

Pine Cones Turned into Bird Feeder
Pine Cones Turned into Bird Feeder

5 – Put it back on the tree!
eastcoastmommyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/make-your-own-bird-feeders.html

The perfect way to put a pine cone back into nature is to change it into a rather cool bird feeder! I won’t go into details on how to make one here, but there is a full making guide to be found in the link. I rather like this idea.

Pine Cones Turned into wedding toppers
Pine Cones Turned into wedding toppers

4 – The perfect day.
rusticweddingchic.com/rustic-west-virginia-wedding

There pine cone wedding toppers are the perfect way to make a wedding day and indeed wedding cake stand out from the crowd. Cheap, beautiful and strangely awesome as well! Please do visit the like to see the others photos from this wedding as they are well worth seeing.

Pine Cones Turned into basket for bicycle
Pine Cones Turned into basket for bicycle

3 – Basket Case
www.recyclart.org/2010/11/pine-cone-basket/

While it would be hard to make one ourselves, this bicycle baskets made of pine cones it rather amazing and really creative. If I had made this basket I would ride around collecting berries and wildflowers. (Translated means: A loaf of bread from the local shop)

Pine Cone Spider for Halloween
Pine Cone Spider for Halloween

2 – Trick or Tree?
www.themagiconions.com/2012/10/lets-make-a-pine-cone-spider-for-halloween.html

This pine cone spider is simple to make, and is a great idea for a Halloween decoration. Best of all is that if the day is even slightly dry the pine cone will open up and look even scarier! Might well have to make some of these I think, they look fun.

Pine Cones Turned into Mulch
Pine Cones Turned into Mulch

1 –  Back to basics.
www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/easy-backyard-diys

Why would you use Pinus coulteri cones as garden mulch? Well it stops local cats and other animals (including all slugs) from digging and indeed pooping on the garden, it will eventually break down into plant food, it looks amazing and the very best thing is that it offers spiders an ideal home and if done close to the house can prevent up to 80% of all spiders going into the house, because they will happily make a nest in the pine cones!

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