There is nothing better than having homemade ornaments hanging on our Christmas trees and what’s more fitting than returning conifer cones back to the tree!
Conifer cones are anywhere where there are conifer trees. Pine, firs, and spruce trees all produce cones that can be used for holiday decorations. Not only can you make amazing crafts using conifer cones, the cost factor is very low!
Going out to a forest to collect cones can be a fun adventure when you take your children and/or grandchildren. Spending time in the fresh air with family is important and when you’re out there collecting cones to use for crafts it makes it that much more fun.
Be sure to collect only the best looking conifer cones because some of them do get rather beat up. When my three year old grandson finds cones he is all excited that we’re going to make crafts. Of course many of his finds I have to silently toss back into the woods. Nevertheless, he is out there having a fantastic time.
So, our most recent project was to make ornaments for our tree. I uncovered some beads I had, got the glue gun and away I went. On every scale I glued on a bead. The beads I used were rather small so it was a bit tricky, but it was fun. The glue gun left behind those thin ‘glue threads’ but I decided to leave them on as added effect. If you make one and don’t want the ‘glue threads’ then they are easily cut off with very small scissors.
So now that you have this simple idea to make a gorgeous ornament wouldn’t it be great to share some knowledge about conifer cones with your children?
What exactly is a conifer cone anyways? It is not a fruit and it is not a seed. What most of us call a “pine cone” is simply a cluster of highly modified woody scales tightly packed together to protect the developing conifer seeds inside. Conifers are the cone bearing trees; and while most everyone knows that pine trees and spruces belong to this group, the conifers are represented by over 550 species! These also include firs, hemlocks, cedars, cypresses, and yews. The term conifer is often used as a synonym for evergreen, and that really isn’t correct. Some conifers are not evergreens such as the Larch, and many evergreens are not conifers such as the Rhododendron and Holly.
So there you have it – knowledge about conifer cones and a simple yet beautiful craft to help adorn your Christmas tree!