This family of painted pinecone birds colonizes a magical snowscape decorated with glitter, bits of flocking, and a mirror pond.
Large scales -- used here to make wings, tails, and ears -- are common in eastern white, western white, and sugar pinecones.
- 2 large pinecone scales (for wings)
- 1 small piece cut from top of a pinecone (for neck)
- 1 long pinecone (for body)
- Small paintbrushes
- Craft glue
- White acrylic paint
- 1 acorn cap (for face)
- White glass glitter
- Brown acrylic paint
Cut the large scales so that each comes to a point for wings.
Sandpaper neck piece so it will fit easily onto top of pinecone body. Brush top of body with glue; attach neck.
Paint belly (cover scales completely) and half of acorn cap white. Let dry.
Brush belly with glue; sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
Brush neck with glue; attach acorn-cap face. Let dry.
Paint on brown eyes.
Brush rounded end of each wing with glue and attach to body. Let dry.