Pumpkins are one of my favorite things about fall and this cute and simple pinecone pumpkin craft is perfect for your students. Use pinecones from your nature walk collection or use smaller store-bought round pinecones along with just a few supplies to make this quick craft with preschool or kindergarten students to get festive for Autumn!
Materials Needed for the Pinecone Pumpkin Craft:
- pinecone – short and round works best
- orange paint (acrylic)
- paint brush
- green and/or brown pipe cleaner, cut in half
Getting the Pinecone Pumpkin Craft Ready:
For our pinecone pumpkins, we used pinecones we collected from a nature walk. We looked for more rounded pinecones that looked more “pumpkin shaped”.
This craft would also look really nice with the smaller, rounded, pinecones that are found in craft stores. I also made sure our collected pinecones were clean and free of bugs.
Acrylic paint works best for coverage, as well as a thicker paintbrush to dab paint into the center of the pinecone.
I pre-cut the pipe cleaners in half to make it easier for the kids. We just used green, but brown works nicely too!
Doing the Pinecone Pumpkin Craft:
First, dip the paintbrush into the orange paint and spread it onto the surface of the pinecone. Dabbing and pushing the paint into the center helps with coverage.
Once the pinecone is covered with orange paint, set it aside to dry.
Use a finger or a pencil to make a spiral with the pipe cleaners. Do this by twisting a green or brown stem around a finger or pencil. Remove it and them pull it apart slightly.
Use glue to attach it onto the top of the pumpkin.
Let dry and then it’s complete!
Use these pumpkins to decorate the classroom, to hold name tags as place settings for Thanksgiving dinner, or string onto fishing line and hang from the ceiling for some fun pumpkin decorations!
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