As the weather turns a little colder we're starting to think about Christmas, & how we can turn some of the natural treasures gathered on our woodland walks into festive decorations. These Pine Cone Christmas Puddings make super cute ornaments & are so simple for children to create, plus they cost next to nothing to make.
To make our Pine Cone Puddings we selected pine cones from our little collection that were rounder & broader in shape. If you struggle to find pine cones this shape you could always cut the top off thinner pinecones to create something similar.
To create the poured cream effect for the top of our Christmas puddings we used a roll of cotton wool, & cut out a round-ish shape as in the picture below. It doesn't have to be perfectly round as you can play with the shape of the cotton wool later when it's attached to the pine cone.
To fix our cotton wool we used a paintbrush to spread PVA glue over the top of the pine cone before carefully moulding the cotton wool around the top. The cotton wool can then be easily moulded into shape, & the edges can be pulled down slightly here & there to create the running cream.
Each little pudding we created was slightly different with more 'cream' on some & less on others, but each one looked fab.
To create the holly berries for the top of our puddings we used red beads which we had in our craft box. Similar beads can be purchased online, or alternatively you could make berries from red tissue paper. We created some by tearing off small sections of tissue paper & rolling them tightly into a ball shape between our fingers, then sealing them with a little PVA glue.
For the holly leaves, we folded small sections of green card in half, drew a holly leaf outline on one side & cut them out. To secure these to the top of our puddings we dabbed a little PVA glue onto the cotton wool, added the leaves, then glued the 'berries' on top.
Once dry, our Pine Cone Christmas Puddings were ready to share a little festive cheer!
These would make sweet little gifts as well as ornaments, & neat table decorations or place settings for Christmas too.
If you wish to hang the Christmas puddings up as Christmas tree decorations, simply push a needle & thread through the base of the cotton wool & tie the ends of the thread together to secure. Alternatively, you could tie the thread around the top of the pine cone before you add the cotton wool.
We're joining in with The Mad House's Kid-Made Christmas Decoration Series which is running throughout November with a new Christmas craft idea every day! Make sure you check out all the other fabulous crafts that are being shared throughout the month.