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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.

Source: Martha Stewart


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. 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.

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