How cute are these little pine cone fairies! They would make a great addition to your fall decor. You can use them as Christmas tree ornaments! And when the holidays are over, you can add them to your fairy garden!
This craft project is so easy to do and we love that you can create so many versions of it. By simply using a different coloured leaf, a different kind of pine cone and what not for every fairy, you can easily have unique pieces to display!
It’s a project you will surely enjoy. And if you have kids, they can join in on the fun too!
Is this going to be your next craft project?
Get some inspiration by viewing our album of different pine cone ornaments. And learn how to make these fairies by heading over to the tutorial by Lucinda linked below! ;)
You’ll need these materials:
- Fir Tree Pine Cone
- Oak Acorn (for cap)
- White Oak Dried Leaves (for wings)
- Wool Roving (for hair)
- Small pieces of Felt and Wool
- Small Wood Beads (for hands)
- Larger Wood Bead (for head)
- Pipe Cleaner
And these tools:
- Drill (with a small drill bit)
How to create pine cone fairies
1. Gather the materials
U can use any type of cap and cones. The arrangement of this method can be interchanged, as long as you’re comfortable with it.
2. Make a hole in the cap
In making a hole in the cap, we prefer to use an electric drill to avoid cracking the cap. This will serve as the head, and later we will paint the face of the fairies.
3. Make the fairy’s head
Spread glue on the pinecone’s stem, this will serve as the neck. If there’s no stem, you can create one by drilling a hole, enough to glue a small twig or a toothpick on it. Then place the head bead over the stem and apply glue. Wait until the glue is dry. The head bead size is ideally 20mm.
4. Make the fairy’s hair
Make two holes on the cap of the acorn and each side of the stem 3/16th apart. You can use a small drill bit to make the holes, small enough for the strings. Apply a small amount of glue to the holes. Then insert the string to make the hanging loop like a hanging ornament. Tie a knot on both ends. Let it dry.
5. Attach the fairy’s hair
Spread glue at the back, then a small amount at the top part of the pinecone, leaving the face features. Use a bamboo stick or popsicle stick to spread the glue evenly. Then add the hair. A small part of the hair is to be attached to the front as bangs, then the remaining part at the back as its main hair.
6. Make the fairy’s arms
In this project, we use a tiny pipe cleaner as the arms. You may use other alternatives, as long as the size suits your pine cone. Cut the pipe cleaner, the same size as the pine cone. Around 3” long. Attach the bead to the pipe cleaner’s both ends. Then, glue the pipe cleaner to the upper portion of the pinecone, slightly lower than the neck part. Make sure that the glue is dry. Let the arms be completely dr before moving to the next step.
When completely dry, add some furry features. You can use coloured wool for this. Just wrap the wool all around the pipe cleaner. You might wanna add a small amount of glue to it.
Make sure there’s enough amount of glue on the hair and acorn cap, but not too much. Applying the right amount of glue comes with a trial and error.
7. Attach the fairy wings
For the wings, you can use paper if you prefer. In this project, we will be using dried leaves. We prefer white oak leaves to black oak since it’s sturdier. To reduce the risk of early breakage of these dried leaves, you can cover them with a coating glue. Use a bamboo stick or popsicle sticks to apply and spread the glue. Coat the leaves with glue and let them dry before attaching them to the pine cone.
Over the intersection of the leaves, the felt heart is placed. After the glue is applied, let it dry on its back. It’s good to hold it a bit until it’s sticking.
8. Draw a fairy face
Paint a face as the head of the pine cone fairies. Whatever design you want, you can use your creativity to make the fairies’ faces. You can make fairies or elves out of this design.
9. Hang these cute ornaments
Finally, you can now hang the pinecone fairy or elf on your ornament tree or anywhere you want this to display. You can make as many pinecone fairies as you want, with different characters, just follow the steps above.
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You can get step-by-step instructions from Lucinda Macy over at Willodel!