Snowmen, who doesn’t love snowmen! And when I found some gorgeous long pine cones, I knew just what to make with them….snowmen!
To make these cute snowmen you first need some pine cones. I was lucky to find these super long pine cones in a friend’s yard, but they were super sticky! I was able to get rid of the stickiness of the sap by baking the pine cones at 200 degrees for an hour or so (you want to make sure to it them on foil during baking to collect the sap).
Once they were cooled you could still see some of the sap on the pine cones, but it is no longer sticky! So we got to painting! Of course for snowmen we went with white paint, and then we let them dry.
While they were drying, I had the kids pick out all the accessories. For the heads I found some giant white pom poms (I may have gone a little overboard; a smaller size would have worked well too), but then they had their choice of various pom poms, pipe cleaners, and eyes (all generously provided by CraftProjectIdeas.com) as well as some ribbon for a scarf.
I used hot glue to stick all the pom poms together to make the snowman heads. Tacky glue would probably work as well, but it would have taken so much longer to dry, and my impatience got the best of me. Even with the hot glue, you do have to make sure to hold them together until the glue is dry! Once the face is put together we adhered it to the top of the pine cone. I didn’t put them on the very top because they were way too wobbly. So I glued them with the stem of the pine cone on the back of the head, and then I reinforced the head with extra glue when I added the scarf.
I also slipped a pipe cleaner under the back of the scarf and then glued it to the back of the head to make a little hanger for the snowmen!
The kids all loved their snowmen, and they made sure they got to pick out accessories for more then one!
They were even more excited when I let them choose where to display them! They chose to hang them from a curtain rod along with some wintry pom poms we already had up, and I think they add a nice touch!