Pinecone Owl Ornaments – Parent Gifts
I make these sweet little pinecone owl ornaments with my students year after year for parent gifts. They are always a hit for so many reasons. Firstly, they make darling ornaments as a keepsake for parents.
Secondly, my students name them, give them a backstory and want to write stories about them. Can I hear an “Amen!” If you can get your students motivated to write a story about their owls, go for it!
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They are easy to make and only need a few supplies. Pinecones, some twine for the hangers, cotton balls, and popsicle sticks. The last item is anything you have to tuck the cotton in between the pinecone spines because they can be sharp.
Lastly, you need a bit of construction paper for the wings, beak, and eyes.
Prior to tucking the cotton, take a cotton ball and stretch it apart, kind of like a marshmallow, and thin it out. Once the cotton ball is in this state, tear off tiny pieces and lay them over the spaces between the spines on the pinecone.
This is when to use the popsicle stick, chopstick or pencil to tuck the cotton in to secure it within the pinecone layers.
I use a hot glue gun to attach the twine to hang the ornament from the tree. I have the students use liquid glue to attach the eyes, wings, and beak. If you had a small group, or an adult to help you, you could use a couple of hot glue guns and the project would progress much quicker.
I begin with plenty of time for overnight drying sessions for the attached eyes, beak and wings. The finale is to wrap them in a piece of tissue paper, attach a tag and show your students how to curl ribbon.
This last act, the art of curling ribbon, will in itself elevate you to heights of great magic, far above unicorns and possibly Harry Potter!
I hope that you enjoy making these ornaments with your students/children as much as I do. If you don’t live in an area where you can readily find pinecones, try Michaels or Joann stores.