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Pinecone Penguin

This family of painted pinecone birds colonizes a magical snowscape decorated with glitter, bits of flocking, and a mirror pond.




How-To Tip:

Large scales -- used here to make wings, tails, and ears -- are common in eastern white, western white, and sugar pinecones.

Get the How-To for the Snow Scene


  • Scissors
  • 2 large pinecone scales (for wings)
  • Sandpaper
  • 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


  1. Step 1

    Cut the large scales so that each comes to a point for wings.

  2. Step 2

    Sandpaper neck piece so it will fit easily onto top of pinecone body. Brush top of body with glue; attach neck.

  3. Step 3

    Paint belly (cover scales completely) and half of acorn cap white. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Brush belly with glue; sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

  5. Step 5

    Brush neck with glue; attach acorn-cap face. Let dry. 

  6. Step 6

    Paint on brown eyes.

  7. Step 7

    Brush rounded end of each wing with glue and attach to body. Let dry.



Reviews (16)

  • csebba 2 Jan, 2009

    The other button in a plus sign...for some reason it doesn't show in the text when I submit the comment....go figure!

  • csebba 1 Jan, 2009

    Along the top of Mozilla Foxfire and Internet explorer there is a list...reading across it is: file edit view etc... Click on the word view, another menu will open. In the Foxfire program you will see "zoom in" with the short cut keys listed as Ctrl In the Internet Explorer, you can enlarge the text only, which won't help you much. sorry.

  • coolmom600 1 Jan, 2009

    Where do you find the view menu and i tried the ctrl and whats the other button?

  • csebba 30 Dec, 2008

    To enlarge the picture you can also use the "view" menu on the top of the screen. There is a zoom access. or you can hold the "ctrl" button down and press the " " key to englarge the picture on the screen.

  • ceejay30 27 Dec, 2008

    How come we can't have close up of these projects to see what they look like???

  • lynnanne 27 Dec, 2008

    Thanks craftangel for the directions to enlarge the photos!
    It really helps!

  • shaz5980 27 Dec, 2008

    I have used pine cones in many ways but this is a first and hopefully i may be the only one in my town in Australia to do this.

  • Mitziemoo 27 Dec, 2008

    I made 40 of these. I had to buy the pinecones because of the sap on the pinecones in my yard. They look darling with orange beaks on the tips. Also, because acorns are not available right now (December) I used hazelnuts. Also, I attached a loop with a bow behind the penguin's head to make it an ornament. I also used bark chips from a pot pourie bag for the flippers and painted them brown. Turned out so beautiful! Mona Hyde, Cincinnati

  • yankeekiwi 27 Dec, 2008

    I love the sound of this project! I teach first graders and we study penguins, so I'm always on the lookout for fun, creative and inexpensive projects for little hands. With a bit of tweaking, this one will meet all criteria! ^5 for this one!

  • 1bunni4me 27 Dec, 2008

    Also, remember you probably have a magnifier option in your software. I use it for pictures I need to see details in. It is under accessories and then (in Vista) Ease of Access. I think XP was Accessibility? It is there to help the sight challenged - like me!

  • dndhale 27 Dec, 2008

    I don't agree about the photos. All you have to do is copy and them paste them to a word document and you can enlarge them to whatever size you need to see them.

  • nana_cindy42 27 Dec, 2008

    I agree about the photos. They are never large enough nor is there a way to click on it to make it larger. All Martha's pics are like this.
    But I love this idea. It's very cute esp since I love penguins!

  • Cindyrella 27 Dec, 2008

    This is darling. The first thing that I wanted to do was enlarge the photo so that I
    could see the details. This idea is so darling. Thanks.

  • Craftangel 27 Dec, 2008

    For jenjun66: (If you have Microsoft Word) To enlarge the picture: right-click on the picture and select "Copy". Open your word-processing program and right-click to select "Paste". Place the mouse pointer on the bottom right corner of the picture and drag it down and over. This will enlarge the picture for you. (Or you can right-click on the picture and go to the "size" portion and increase it that way.)

  • jenjun66 27 Dec, 2008

    I would love to be able to enlarge this photo (and many others) so I could see the details. It's an adorable craft and I'm all for the glitter but it's hard to see exactly what all the pieces of pine cone are.

  • miria 27 Dec, 2008

    These are adorable; not too keen on adding glitter. I still have glitter underneath the glass that covers the dining room table. Suppose I can cover with newspaper. Love the snow scene with these penquins.