I don’t have many unshakable Christmas traditions, since I didn’t grow up celebrating. I do have a couple that I started with my own little ones. One is that we always decorate Christmas cookies, even if it’s like last year when we did the kind of cookies that come from premade dough because Mommy’s morning sickness was kicking her hiney. The second is that we make some sort of Christmas decoration. So far this year, we made pinecone angels!
These pinecone angels were so much fun for my 3 and 6 year olds to make with Mommy! It was easy enough that they could do most of it themselves, but hard enough to keep their attention.
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The materials you need are so simple:
- Pinecone for the body. (We have tons in our yard, but if you don’t, get your Pine Cones here for relatively cheap.)
- A sphere for the head. We used hollow plastic balls I had from who-knows-what, but Wood Round Balls should work well.
- Foam craft sheets for wings. Fold the piece in half and cut a heart with the middle left connected so you can glue them to the pinecone.
- Creativity Street Stetems/Pipe Cleaners 12″ X 4mm 100-Piece Assorted Colors for halo and bow.
- Permanent marker or Washable Kid’s Paint
- Stickers for decorating wings, like these beautiful snowflake stickers
Give your kiddos the wings and stickers. Let them choose the colors for the halo and bow. I did a simple circle halo and twist wings. Either let them draw or paint the face on the head or do it yourself if they are too young. When they finish, assemble and glue and set somewhere stable & out of the way to dry. You could tie a ribbon around them to hang to the tree, but we chose to just set them beside the kids’ TV.