Loading...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

* Homemade Christmas Crafts: Pine Cone Elves


I participated in the
and this year's theme was "Fairy Tales"


I don't know why, but for some reason the first thing
that came to my mind were pine cone elves when I heard this theme.


So, I embarked on a mini crafty journey
to make some little elf friends to spread some holiday cheer.
I used a small pine cone for the body
(yummy cinnamon scented ones swiped borrowed from a potpourri mix!)
and a wooden bead for the head (attached with glue gun)
The faces were drawn with permanent markers.

The arms and legs were made with brown pipe cleaners
trimmed and tucked into the pine cones.
(A dab of glue from the glue gun kept them from dismembering themselves.)


I hand-sewed the hatfrom felt, then added a dab of
glue to keep them in place.
Their scarves are scraps of my rainbow fleece.


The mittens and shoes were cut from felt scraps
and glued in place around the tips of the pipe cleaner appendages.


My elfy friends waving goodbye as they set off on their
cross-country adventures for the ornament swap!

I made a couple of extras for our tree but my kids stole them...
I think they're visiting Fairy Land.


A very sad photo of my elves when they were starting out!

33 comments:

Maria said...

Cool idea !

Amanda said...

Wow! Those are just adorable!

Mari-Ann said...

Oh these are just TOO cute! Great job!!

Deborah said...

Wow!! Those are adorable!

Sara said...

I have run across your site recently.. and just had to leave a comment - these are SO cute - and would be perfect to include with the "Elf on the Shelf" instructions - those things are pricey to buy.

Rebecca said...

These are so colorful and cute!

Rebecca: said...

What an adorable idea! They would look so cute on a special Christmas package! :)

Anonymous said...

Those are just amazing! I really love all your ideas. Can you do a post on cool ideas with felt? Lori

vanessa said...

These are crazy cute! I'm going to remember them for next year!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

So adorable! They look like they are dancing! I LOVE the mittens!!!

Kristine said...

What joyful little creatures. I was going to tell you that I loved their little shoes but then I saw their gleeful little faces. Just adorable. They're a little similar to the little pipecleaner characters I've been making this week.

Mousy Brown said...

I love these, they are so gorgeous! I am going to have to have a go in every colour! :)

Amanda said...

These are really darling, glad I found your blog!

Bridgett said...

These are beyond adorable!

Holly said...

I saw these in Martha Stewart's magazine and bought all the supplies and then ran out of time to make them! But yours are so cute, and I love the vibrant colors!

momma rae said...

gosh these are cute! i was looking at some like this on martha stewarts site last night. your pictures are so fun! sure hope one of these is making it's way to nc right now..... ;)

Carrie said...

Be still my heart, these are the cutest things I have seen this holiday season!!

banuca said...

Lovely. How did you think these, really sweet. Have a nice christmas and a new year.

(V.Kerr) School Time Adventures said...

I just found your blog today! I am excited to see all the great fun you and your daughter create.

-Vanessa

Erin said...

Oh, I love those...we'll be making some this year.

Janet said...

This is so creative! I just love your little elves!

Deb Chitwood said...

These are TOO CUTE! I just featured them on the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

Mary said...

These are sooo cute! Every since I saw them on Martha Stewart's web site, I've wanted to give them a try, but I kept putting it off. But now after seeing yours, I'm ready to give them a shot. Thanks for sharing!

Edit Coleman said...

I loved the Elves so much, this is perfect for our coming holiday - Tu BiShvat, which is the new year for the plants and trees.
...So I recommended this lovely post on the Hebrew site of our Ecological Bags: www.asif-bag.co.il
I also added a link to your post for details & instructions, of course.
regards,
Edit Coleman
mng of ECOllecting web site
and a creative mom :-)

Anonymous said...

Oh my!
My mom has had these in her Christmas collection for over 60 years - brings tears to my eyes and love to my heart!!
Thanks for sharing this.
Jennifer

Gra┼╝ka said...

What a great idea.Thank you.

Jaimee said...

SO cute! I'm including these in a Christmas Book Activity Countdown series on my blog. Thanks so much for the inspiration : )
Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

heidy T. said...

This is could be a perfect gift for Christmas. The idea in creating this one is absolutely remarkable. Would this be more attractive if ever embroidery is applied?

JennyTheArtist said...

i just collected a bunch of pinecones from a dead pine tree my hubby cut down. i wanted to make something special with them for Christmas. these elves will be perfect to add to all my Christmas gifts. thanks for the inspiration!

Jamie B said...

These little pine cone elves are just precious!! Thank you so much for sharing how you made them. I hope it's okay, I just finished a pine cone crafts and decor round-up and just couldn't resist featuring them. You can see it here:

http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/Pine-Cone-Crafts-and-Decoration-Ideas-for-the-Holidays

Thank you again for sharing this..my little one just gathered up a ton of pine cones recently and I'm seriously considering making a few of these to sit around on my shelf. I think they would make such cute holiday decorations :)

screen printing said...

I would love to see these elves under our Christmas tree. I think I need to gather the materials now to create this stuff since December is fast approaching.

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

I'm thinking I will make these with my Brownies. I have a question about the beads for the head. Did you use unfinished wood beads? I'm guessing markers wouldn't work for drawing on the beads that have a clear finish already on them.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Hi Shari -- Yes we used unfinished beads and it's easy to draw directly on them with fine tip sharpies!

Have fun making them, I'm sure they'll be a huge hit!!

Warmly,
MaryLea

Blog Archive

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...