Simple Pine Cone Garland

Jun 18, 2015

Our family is still relatively new to living in the country. My husband was raised in the country, but I was city through-and-through. We moved to the country with our little ones less then a year ago and it's been quite an adjustment. 

We've had lots of new adventures—some positive and some less-then-positive. On days when the less-than-positives seem to be taking over, I try to do something to remind myself why we chose to move.

On one particular day, right after our air conditioner started leaking like crazy and our cat caught a bat (inside!), I thought I had best remind myself, again, why we came here.

We moved to the country to slow down, to try to grow and make our own food and to enjoy the good life. The best way to remind myself of this is to head outside.

We went on a little nature walk and found oodles of beautiful pine cones. My little ones wanted to make a craft with them and I thought it was a good idea to bring a nature reminder inside. 

We brought the pine cones inside and dipped them in some paint. I decided to just dip the ends in the paint, as I wanted some of the beautiful natural colour to show.

Pine cones dipped in purple, pink and yellow paint.

Once they dried, my five-year-old practiced some weaving. He took twine and wrapped it around and around the pine cones, weaving it above one little groove and down another.

Painted pinecones strung together with twine.

Once the pine cones were all strung on the twine, we hung them up in our biggest window. A lovely way to remind myself of the beautiful life we are living—and to help me forget the heat. And the bat.

Pine cone bunting hung in front of a window

Article Author Sarah Noftle
Sarah Noftle

Sarah is a teacher, mama, and wanna-be homesteader. She is home with her kids learning through play, exploring with nature, and surviving parenthood with humour. She writes which is full of creative and playful learning activities for kids, as well as the occasional post on natural living and farmyard antics. Sarah would love to connect with you on Facebook and Pinterest so she can show you pictures of her chickens (and more relevant things too, of course).

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