How cute are these Pinecone Hedgehogs? Pinecones are just amazing. Autumn has such beautiful bounty and one of our favourite crafts of the past was our pinecone owls and when we got them out recently Mini commented that pinecones look a little like hedgehogs, which is what inspired our pinecone hedgehogs.
We are really lucky that we have a small wooded area within a couple of minutes walk and whenever we walk the dog there they boys collect treasures, so I have a basket full of pinecones.
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- A selection of pinecones
- Felt – we used black, brown and pale beige (UK Link/US Link)
- Scissors (UK Link/US Link)
- Low melt glue gun (UK Link/US Link)
- Googly eyes (UK Link/US Link)
How to make a family of pinecone hedgehogs
If the pinecones you collect are all closed up, that will be due to them being damp, so they need drying out. You can let them dry out naturally by place in a bowl on the windowsill, but we are impatient! We pop ours in our airing cupboard to open up, alternately you can bake them in the oven. Yes, you can! Line your baking tray with foil and place your pinecones on the tray spaces out and then put your oven on its lowest setting and watch as the pinecones “pop” and open out. I can not give you a time as it depends on how wet they are or how big they are.
We decided to make a family of Hedgehogs, so the size you cut your felt will depend on the size of your pinecones.
This really is a sample craft. We cut the face in the shape of a triangle with the corners rounded and used two different colours of felt. We then cut circular noses out of the black felt (the boys were better at this than me).
Using a low melt glue gun we stuck the noses on to the face and also used it to stick googly eyes on to the felt faces before gluing the faces to the pinecone hedgehogs.
Other Pinecones crafts
- Pinecone owl
- Pinecone and heart garland
- Pinecone bird feeders
- Pinecone door decoration
Other Autumn crafts from my simple crafts co-hosts
- Washi tape fall leaves from Crafts on Sea
- Autumn painted pasta necklace from Hodge Podge Craft
- Autumn Scavenger hunt playdough by Crafts on Sea
- Autumn leaf suncatcher by Mum in the Mad House
- Autumn scavenger hunt printable by Hodge Podge Craft
- Autumn leaves suncatcher by Crafts on Sea
- Pom pom apple tree craft by Crafts on Sea
- Autumn falling leaves sticking activity
- Art leave adventure by Hodge Podge Craft
- Fall paper plate wreaths by Mum in the Mad House
- Torn paper apple crafts by Crafts on Sea
- Autumn Tree Craft by Crafts on Sea
- Autumn watercolor resist leaf garland by Mum in the Mad House
- Blackberry wreath craft by Crafts on Sea
- Ultimate Autumn/Fall activity list for families by Mum in the Mad House
These are super cute, will make a family as soon as I can get my hands on some pine cones x
These were from last year,. but my boys seem to bring pocketfuls home
This has to be the cutest idea ever!! We will be able to collect quite a few pinecones as we live near a massive glen and as we love hedgehogs (my sister actually has one called Loki he is amazing) this is something we will certainly be making x
Hedgehogs are so cute! We are working on bat ones for Halloween
They look so sweet and so simple to do, too. I know my kids will enjoy this one, thanks
Simple is best, espoeically when kids are involved
They are very cute. I never knew that about drying them out in the oven, thanks!
It dries them out really fast and is fascinating to watch them open
Aww these are adorably cute! We have a huge pine tree just outside our house so I’m always looking for ideas.
We love nature crafts. I have a huge bowl of pinecones
Aaaaaw they’re so cute! I love this time of year x
Yes, I love Autumn too
Aw these are so sweet! What a lovely autumnal idea!
Autumn is fab for nature crafts. I am waiting for conkers and acorns
Your craft ideas are always brilliant and I love this one. Your blog is looking very good too by the way! x
Cheers Gillian. There is still a lot of work to do on the blog, but I like it and really appreciate the message
Just how cute are these little guys. You’re right about Autumn and pine cones, you can do a lot with really simple things at this time of year
Oooo I know someone who would love to make these! My daughter has been making hazelnuts into creatures, she’ll love the hedgehogs.
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These are utterly adorable!
Our pine-cones usually get chucked on the fire, but these are so cute, I think I will have to save some… x
Oh wow they are so cute – what a fantastic idea! x
ah Wilf loves collecting pine cones! We usually have a bunch of them in a basket in the front room so will defo try this craft with him x
Off to collect some pinecones – love these
Oh these are just wonderful Jen, what a great idea and so simple too. Even I could do it – I think! I do love Autumn crafts although I’m sure that’s got something to do with my love for Autumn 🙂
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