Pine Cone Holiday Crafts: Turkeys & Christmas Trees

Pat Broe
Spar & Spindle Girl Scout Council
Massachusetts, USA


For turkeys (make nice name tag holders on Thanksgiving table):

Materials:

Directions:

Set cone on side with pointed end facing you. This is the front face and chest of the turkey. The back is the widest part which will form the tail feathers. The red strip of felt hangs down from the top to make it look like a turkey's comb. The pipe cleaner forms the feet. The feathers are glued on the back to make big tail-feathers.

Wind the red pipe cleaner through the "front" of the turkey and twist into a small circle for a head. Glue the eyes on the sides red pipe cleaner and the small strip of red felt to form the comb. Glue the tail feathers on the back to stand up over the wide part of the cone. Fold the pipe cleaner in half and wind around middle of cone top to bottom and form feet on the bottom by folding tips forward. If you want to use as place tags, cut a small card and write the person's name, add a fall sticker or draw leaves on it. Tuck in front of turkey between tip of the cone and the feet.

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For Christmas Trees:

Materials:

Directions:

Give each girl a pine cone and plastic coffee can cover. First glue pine cone securely, flat side down onto plastic cover. Now decorate the cone according to your wishes. They can be painted green or left natural. If painting, let dry before continuing. Glue decorations - the sequins, beads, pompoms around the edges for ornaments. Glue the gold rick-rack or beads on as garlands. Glue star shaped bead on top.

Spread glue around bottom of plastic cover and dot on tree, if desired. Lightly sprinkle ivory snow.

I have collected a big bag of cones and am planning to make the Xmas Trees with my Juniors this year. This is a one meeting project. I hope to give some as gifts as a troop service project. Happy Holidays!

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