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