PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

If your kids are anything like mine they are ALWAYS wanting to make something. They don’t care what it is they just NEED to create. Either in our craft studio or the kitchen they just have that itch to make all the things.

So, naturally, I am always trying to find ways to be resourceful. Reusing old items, things that we would normally recycle or toss out, or things we find in nature…like pine cones!

We gathered some pine cones and had a mission to use them to create a really cool piece of art.

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

Here’s what you’ll need

  • pine cones

  • box {we used an old usps box}

  • tape

  • cardstock {we used white but you can use whatever color you’d like}

  • acrylic paint


Start by taping a boarder around your paper. We only had 3/4” tape so that’s what we used.

This next step isn’t picture, now tape the piece of paper down to your box. We taped ours all the way around so that the pine cone didn’t get snagged on the paper if it wasn’t secured down all the way.

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

Now decide what colors you want your art to be. We used lighter colors but you can use any that you’d like. You want to put your paint on something you can easily dip a pine cone into. We used the middles of our paint trays.

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

Dip your pine cone into your paint. You can do one color or several at a time. At first we did just one at a time then she got brave and started dipping all the colors in different spots.

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.
PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

Now drop it in your box and SHAKE it up! Take care not to shake it too fast or rough because your pine cone will go flying…we may or may not know this first hand. Keep repeating this step till you’re satisfied with the coverage.

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

This is what ours looked like before we removed the paper from the box. All the mess contained inside the box…woohoo!!

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

We let our dry for a few minutes before we peeled the paper out of the box and peeled the tape away from the outside edges. She was VERY impressed at how clean the lines came out. I have to say I am too!

PINE CONE ART, easy and mess free. Make your own with these simple steps.

This is such an inexpensive {literally cost pennies to make} and one that doesn’t require a ton of prep or clean up. I hope you enjoy this craft with your kiddos as much as I did with our girls!

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