Pinecones are just amazing. Autumn has such beautiful bounty and one of our favorite 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.
- 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
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