A simple effective Christmas decoration made from natural materials, great for inside or out.
What you'll need
- pine cones
- paint/paint brush
- paper or a big leaf
- screws & a screwdriver
This activity has been provided by
Useful items from our shop
- Felt Pack
- Assorted Paint Brushes - Pack of 10
- Pine Cones - Bag of 20
- Scissors - Box of 12
- String - 8kg breaking load
Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- source of cones
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- tool use
- collecting natural materials
Go for an autumn walk and gather fallen pinecones. Dry them out if they are damp.
Alternatively, buy lovely ready-dried ones from the Muddy Faces shop.
Attach a loop of string to the stalk.
As the stalk was missing on ours, we used a small screw to attach the string.
Paint the tip to create a white beard.
Cut a semicircle out of felt, paper or even use a big leaf.
Glue or stitch it into a cone shape, leaving a small hole in the top, for the string to come out of the hat.
Thread the string through the hat & hang your Santa from a branch – inside or outside.
Take it Further:
- we tried using screws for eyes but realised we had created a Robot Santa!
- try using different-shaped pinecones – see how it makes the face look different.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.