You can transform a regular old pinecone and some simple dollar store supplies into a little bundled-up pinecone snowman ornmanet complete with a ribbon scarf, cardboard top hat or pipe cleaner ear muffs!
White Craft Paint
1.5 inchStyrofoam Balls
12inchPipe CleanersRed, White and Brown
Black Card Stock
SharpiesOrange and Black
Paint just the tips of the pinecone white, covering both the tops and bottoms.
Push a bamboo skewer into the top of the styrofoam ball. This will make the hole we'll use for his nose.
Using an orange marker, colour about 3/4 of an inch of the pointy end of the skewer.
With a sharp pair of scissors, carefully score the skewer about 1 inch from the pointy end. Twist the skewer as you press the scissors into it so that there's an indent all the way around. Snap the end off.
Push the flat end of the skewer into the hole you made in the styrofoam ball. The pointy end of the skewer should stick out, just like a snowman's carrot nose.
Use a Sharpie to draw the face onto the styrofoam ball. Draw 2 dots for the eyes, and 5 dots for the mouth.
Cut a piece of string to be about 12 inches long. Tie the two ends together into a knot. Next, poke a hole into the top of the styrofoam ball head using a bamboo skewer. The hole should be about a 1/2 inch deep. Squeeze some hot glue into the hole.
Use a bamboo skewer to push the knotted end of the string into the glue filled hole. Make sure the string is deep enough to be able to securely hang your snowman.
Bend a red pipe cleaner around the top of the styrofoam ball. Place one end where one "ear" of the snowman would be, and use your fingers to mark where the other "ear" would be. Remove the pipe cleaner, then cut it to reach around the top of the head from one "ear" to the other.
Add a small dab of hot glue to the two outside tips of the red pipe cleaner. Press on the two sparkly red pom poms to make the snowman's earmuffs.
Add small dabs of hot glue to the inside ends of the pipe cleaner and pom pom ear muffs. Then carefully slide them into place on the snowman's head
Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the pinecone. Take the head of the snowman and press it down on top of the glue and hold it for 30 seconds, until dry and secure.
Cut a piece of 3/8 inch ribbon to be approximately 10 inches long. Center the ribbon on the back of the snowman's head, then wrap the ribbon around the front, crossing the two pieces of ribbon under the "neck." Add a small dab of glue onto the bottom ribbon where the two ribbons cross, then gently push the other ribbon on top. Finally, trim the two ends of the ribbon to be about 1 inch long to finish off the scarf.
Cut the 12 inch brown pipe cleaner in half, and bend the end of one of the pieces into a twig shape. Make a 90 degree bend in the pipe cleaner about 2 inches from the tip of the twig arm. Trim the rest of the pipe cleaner so there's only about half an inch bent at the end.
Repeat these steps with the other piece of brown pipe cleaner to make the second arm ensuring there's a half inch 90 degree bend at the end.
Add some hot glue onto the 90 degree bend in each brown pipe cleaner arm, then push them into the pinecone where the snowman's arms should be.
Take one red and one white pipe cleaner and twist them together to make a candy cane pattern. Bend the end into an upside down J shape, then cut the pipe cleaners so the candy cane is about 1.5 inches tall.
Place the candy cane into the snowman's twig hand. You can twist the brown pipe cleaner hand around the candy cane to hold it in place. Or you can add a dab of hot glue to the twig arm to attach it.
Cut out the three pieces in the template, and trace them onto black card stock. Cut out the black pieces of the hat. (Even better if you can print the template right onto the black card stock.)
Cut a straight line through the biggest circle to get to the smaller one in the center. There will be a cut in the paper but this portion will be positioned at the back so it won't be visible.
Use a skewer to poke a hole in the middle of the smaller circle.
Cut a piece of string to be about 12 inches long, then knot the two ends together. Push the string through the hole in the black circle and pull until the knot is flush against the paper. Add a small dab of glue on the knot to secure it to the black circle.
Add a line of glue at one end of the weird looking rectangle piece. Then wrap the other end around to meet it so it makes a circle shape. Make sure you test the circle before you glue it to make sure you're lining it up properly. The top of the hat should fit perfectly on top.
Bend the 4 tabs on one end of the circle piece inwards, then add a dab of hot glue to each of them. Line up the small black circle that has the string coming out of it and press it onto the glue covered tabs. Flip it over, and bend the other 4 tabs inwards. Add glue to each of those 4 tabs.
Center the larger black circle under that piece and press them together. This will form your top hat. Next, add a small circle of hot glue around the smaller hole of the bottom of the hat and press it onto the styrofoam snowman head. Hold until dry and secure.