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
10 – Life at the tip of colour.
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.
9 – Despicable Me
If you have seen the film Despicable Me (1 or 2) you will know what a “Minion” is and what a great idea to make one of these on a rainy weekend day or indeed while the kids are off school. Might even have to make one myself!
8 – Gobble, Gobble!
While it might be better to make these around Christmas time, the general idea of turning a pine cone into a turkey is fun thing to do at any time of the year! Please do check out the image link (by clicking on it) to see the other pine cone ideas the page offers as their all good.
7 – The Wise old Cone.
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. FYI: there is a nice making guide to be seen by clicking on the image.
6 – Dip em, Stack em!
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!
5 – Put it back on the tree!
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 and indeed seen by clicking on the image. I rather like this idea.
4 – The perfect day.
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 click on the image like to see the others photos from this wedding as they are well worth seeing.
3 – Basket Case
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 wild flowers. (Translated means: A loaf of bread from the local shop)
2 – Trick or Tree?
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.
1 – Back to basics.
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!