These Father Christmas pine cone decorations are ones that are inspired by a set that I have at home, just like the snowmen decorations we made earlier, although the one I have are store bought these ones have a really nice homemade feel to them.
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You will need:
- Pine cones
- Wooden balls
- Needle and thread
- Mini pom poms
- Cotton wool
To begin with glue a wooden ball onto the top of your pinecone to create a head. I used 2cm wooden balls from hobby craft and stuck them on with a hot glue gun. If you don’t have a glue gun then normal PVA glue will work, but I would leave them to dry over night to make sure that they are attached properly.
Paint your pinecones; to speed the drying process up we used a hair dryer to blast them with.
While the paint dries cut out a piece of felt for the hat and glue together.
When your paint is finally dry, glue on the cotton wool for the beard and pom pom for the nose. I let EC use the hot glue for the first time doing this, which made him feel very grown up. Remember to supervise younger children if you let them use the hot glue gun, although it is unlikely to cause a burn it is still painful to get the hot glue on you (think along the lines of hot wax) and their skin is a lot more delicate than an adults.
Glue on the hat that you made earlier and draw on the eyes.
Finally sew on the bell to the end of the hat and create a loop of thread to hang it onto the Christmas tree with.
EC kept changing his mind about whether he wanted to make one or not, but as soon as he saw YC painting her ones he soon got in on the action. Rather than making two Father Christmas pine cone decorations, he turned on of them into a really sweet looking elf with a nice thick scarf to keep it warm.
All of the elves and Father Christmases turned out really well and look very sweet hanging on the Christmas tree.
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