Looking for an easy, inexpensive and fun arts and crafts project for your kids? Try turning pinecones into owls! Not only will you and the little ones have a “hoot,” it’s also a great way to explore nature and build fine motor skills.
Ready to get started? The first and most important thing you have to do is…
Pick Your Pinecones!
If the time of year is right, and the weather cooperates, start by heading out to the backyard or a nature preserve to find your pinecones. It’s a great excuse to spend some quality time with the kids, and hunting for the perfect pinecone can be half the fun.
Tip: You can also order pinecones online, and you might even be able to find them in stock at your local crafting stores.
Gather Your Supplies
Once you’ve found your pinecones, you can move on to the next step… making the actual owls. You can pick up the supplies below from a crafting store, in the crafting aisle of your local bigbox, or just use whatever you have around the house.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- “Googly” eyes
- Glue dots or plain-old glue (glue dots might be easier for the kids to work with)
- Felt sheets. For this project we used brown, white and yellow
- Colored feathers
Make the Wings
To make owl wings, simply cut a piece of felt into a teardrop shape.
For the snow owl, we used a white piece of felt and used a marker to add some detailing.
Tip: Once you’ve cut one wing shape successfully, you can use it as a template to cut the others.
Make Your Eyes
To make owl eyes, cut a circle from the felt (your choice of colors). If you want to get fancy, you can put smaller circles on top of larger circles and even add a little bit of detailing by cutting fringes in to the eye shape, like we did here. Use glue to attach the pieces of felt to each other, and top it off by gluing down one of your googly eyes.
Make the Beak And Ear Tufts
Make your beak by cutting a small piece of yellow felt into a diamond shape. To attach it, fold it in half so each point touches the other point, and then glue it onto to the pinecone.
To cut the owl’s ear tufts, cut a piece of felt into a square, then cut shallow “scoops” into each side. The square should almost wind up looking like a kite.
Glue the beak on the pinecone beneath the eyes, and glue the ear tuft piece to the top of the pine cone, so little points poke up, creating your owls “ears.”
Finish Up With Feathers!
Add the perfect touch to your owls by gluing on a few feathers, either on the back as a “tail,” or on to the wings. For our snow owl, we added a chest piece as well, which we created the same way we made the wings.
And voilà, you’re finished!
How did your Pinecone owl(s) come out? If you feel like sharing, send us a pic at firstname.lastname@example.org