Painting Pine Cones

 

This morning, we had about 15 minutes before we needed to go somewhere, so we decided to do a super simple, quick family art project on a natural canvas that’s plentiful in our backyard: Painting Pine Cones.

 

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

(E was 3 years and 11 months old.)

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For painting pine cones, you’ll need:

 

 

 

We simply grabbed a bunch of pine cones that are all over our yard at all times, put them on the patio table

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

then got out our tempera paint and a few paintbrushes and got to work.

Papa was right there with us, carefully painting a pine cone

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

before showing off his creation – he called it a flower!

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

E was really happy to get to do an art project with both Papa and Mama and used all the colors we had, starting at the bottom like Papa.

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

After she was done with her first pine cone,

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

she immediately grabbed another one and announced that she was making a “space ship”.

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

Finally, here’s my take on the idea of painting pine cones:

 

Super quick and simple fall art: Painting Pine Cones

 

This activity was just right to enjoy 15 minutes together as a family and connect while being creative – super simple, quick to set up and quick to clean up! Pine cones are an interesting surface to paint on and can spark creativity in different ways.

 

 

 

Have you tried painting pine cones? What else have you done with them? Leave a comment with your ideas!

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. I haven’t tried this before, but it sounds fun! There’s no pine cones in my yard so I’d have to go and find some, but I bet my son would enjoy this.

    1. Thank you, Amanda! Too bad you don’t have any free pine cones – we have sooo many! To balance things out, we get NO fall leaves, though 😉

  2. Susan Williamson says:

    Last year I painted pine cones a dark green. Glued craft jewels on the tips. Added tinsel ribbon for garland. Gotten small flower pots from the Dollar Tree. Glued the pinecone to the pot. They looked like mini Christmas trees. Really cute.

  3. I’m in LOVE with painting pine cones! Thank you for adding it to the “It’s Friday We’re in Love Link Party!” You are being featured in this weeks pine cone round up! Thanks for joining the party

  4. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing! This will be a great craft for Christmas next month! I was just going to mention- I’ve heard you can put pinecones in the oven for a bit before you decorate with them so that you don’t bring critters into the house.