Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Messy Play: Paint & Pinecones

As you know we're big fans of nature walks, & messy play in our house, so this was a perfect activity to explore.


We've enjoyed many woodland walks recently & always seem to come back with more items than we initially set out with!;-) Minnie loves taking a bag with her to collect all her finds, & on a recent walk she & a friend collected an impressive stash of pinecones! But what to do with them all?


You can probably guess that Minnie was keen to paint them! With a selection of paints & glitter & she eagerly got creating...


Minnie started painting with brushes...


...but it wasn't long before she was exploring the paint with her hands! :) I guessed hand-painting would be popular with all those textures to explore!


Soon she was experimenting by dropping a few pinecones into small recycled plastic tubs with a layer of paint at the bottom & rolling them around with a paintbrush. This covered the pinecones well, but Minnie was keen to get her hands painted again! If you have children who are not quite so keen to get as messy as Minnie, this method is a great alternative.



While the paint was still wet Minnie added plenty of glitter, & then we left her sparkly jewel coloured creations to dry overnight.


Once they were dry we added the pinecones to a nearby vase.


Minnie then independently collected a glass tealight holder from another room & placed it in the top of the vase! Genius! What a great tabletop decoration. This girl's got style! ;-)


After painting our pinecones we also discovered something rather magical. The green ones looked like mini fir trees! Check out the fun we had with them in this post.




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19 comments:

  1. Very pretty! WE have a pine cone idea that we may do soon too!

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  2. Love these. We collected pine cones and river stones too just last week :)

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  3. Love this. Brilliant idea, and perfect for Christmas!

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  4. You've totally inspired me to do something like this for Thanksgiving! The out-of-town grandparents will definitely love this sweet homemade centerpiece. Thanks for sharing :-)

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  5. These are beautiful, I love how you've displayed them in the vase and your little girl found the tealight. I think my little girl would love this (she's still obsessed with painting pumpkins so maybe when we run out of them we could move onto the mass of pine cones we've collected!

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  6. What a fun activity! They look beautiful! I would love for you to link up to my TGIF LInky Party tomorrow - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties . Beth

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  7. Love all the colors! And what a fun way to display them.

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  8. We have a stash of pinecones too that I've been wanting to paint. I've been thinking they would be pretty hanging on the trees outside to decorate for Christmas.

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  9. Wow! They all look so pretty! I love them!! And looks like you guys have as many pinecones as we do! Great way to do something with them!!!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  10. I really love how bright the colors are! Beautiful!

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  11. How lovely! I never thought of painting pinecones! We have hundreds.

    Thanks for linking to Fun Sparks. xx

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  12. So pretty! And I love the tea light on top! She does have style!
    We just collected pinecones the other day... I'm thinking it's time to get out the paint!

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  13. Beautiful pics of the pinecones scattered! Wow!

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  14. Wow these look so good with all the different colours & the glitter - kind of jealous you can get your hands on so many so easily. Thanks for linking up this week :)

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  15. This turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

    Stopped over from Show & Tell BH.

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  16. so fun & I love what you did to display them - gorgeous!!!!

    Thanks for linking to the sunday showcase - come back & share more this week

    Bern
    http://momto2poshlildivas.blogspot.com/search/label/Sunday%20Showcase

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  17. These are beautiful! I love the table centerpiece idea. What a pretty and natural way to dress up the table. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. cute ideas feel free to post on the Fall Crafts Blog Hop today! http://www.sugartot.net/my-blog/2013/10/fall-crafts-blog-hop.html

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  19. These are great ideas! We have tons of pine cones in our yard, but until now I've been lacking inspiration. So thank you for the post!

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