Pinecone Santa

July 18, 2017

A simple effective Christmas decoration made from natural materials, great for inside or out.

Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: 3+

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: winter

Tags: Christmas, decoration, natural materials, pinecone, Santa, textiles

Category: art & creating


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.


Step 1

Attach a loop of string to the stalk.

As the stalk was missing on ours, we used a small screw to attach the string.

pinecone with its tip painted white, and string attached at the top

Step 2

Paint the tip to create a white beard.

pine cone with its tip painted white

Step 3

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.

piece of red felt with a semi circle drawn on it

Step 4

Thread the string through the hat & hang your Santa from a branch – inside or outside.