These Pinecone Monsters are so silly! Making funny monsters is a great craft for kids, and just in time for Halloween!
This silly Pinecone Monsters craft idea came to me as my kids and I were collecting pinecones last week for a different project. My daughter held up a particularly funny looking pinecone and started jabbering away in the silliest sounding monster voice. Then, as soon as we got them home, I came upon a googly eye in the art drawer, and I had my aha moment! Clearly, I these pinecones had to become silly googly-eyed monsters!
So, this week we have another fun Halloween pinecone craft for you! Check out our great Halloween pinecone wreath from last week here. Hmm, I see a theme forming. Ha ha!
What you need for Pinecone Monsters
- Pinecones – Pinecones make up the body of pinecone monsters. You can collect pinecones from nature or buy synthetic ones at a craft store. If you’re gathering your own, be sure to get fully opened ones that haven’t started disintegrating yet.
- Felt – This will be used for your monster’s feet and fangs or mouth or horns if you choose to add those. You can find felt at any craft store or the art section of most big-box stores. Choose bright and fun colors.
- Pipe Cleaners – These will be used for the arms and a tail or horns or hair for your monsters. You can find felt at any craft store or the art section of most big-box stores. Choose bright and fun colors.
- Googly Eyes – These are essential! They make the silly monster silly, after all. You can find felt at any craft store or the art section of most big-box stores.
- Scissors – Use a sharp pair of craft scissor to cut out the felt shapes and cut the pipe cleaners in half.
- Hot glue gun – You will need a hot glue gun to attach the parts to the pinecone to make the monster.
How to make Pinecone Monsters
- Choose a pinecone. Your pinecone can be big or small or symmetrical or oddly shaped! Just be sure it is fully in tact, and not beginning to disintegrate. Also, sometimes pinecones are poky, so you might keep this in mind and choose the least poky one for your littlest helpers.
- Cut out feet. Pick out a bright and fun colored piece of felt. Grab your scissors and cut out two identical feet. Make them big, long, narrow, or wide. Any kind of feet will do, just be sure to make them as silly as possible!
- Glue on feet. Squeeze a dab of hot glue on the back end of the feet and then attach them to the bottom of your pinecone.
- Create appendages. Grab a couple pipe cleaners to use for arms, horns, antennas, or a tail. Using several bright colors work best. Shape them however you like. We made curly antennas and arms with the ends bent in funny directions. You could also use colorful puff balls for your monster as their hair or nose or tail.
- Glue on appendages. Squeeze a dab of hot glue wherever you’d like your pipe cleaner to go on your pinecone. On the sides for the arms, on the top for the horns and/or antennas, and the back for a tail.
- Glue on googly eyes. Finally, pick out a big googly eye or three small ones, whatever you want! Put a dab of glue on the back of the eye and attach it wherever you’d like on the pinecone.
What to do with your pinecone monsters
- Birthday or Halloween party activity. This craft would be a perfect activity for kids to do at a Halloween or Fall Festival or autumn birthday party. Set up a little crafting station with all the supplies and let the kids have at it!
- Decorate for Halloween. My kids and I made several of these funny little pinecone monsters and my daughter has set them up all over the house to decorate for her favorite holiday – Halloween!
- Give them away as gifts. We have a birthday party to go to next weekend, and my kids would like to give their friend a few of these silly pinecone monsters. We adore handmade gifts around here; giving and getting them!
- Pipe Cleaners
- Googly Eyes
- Hot glue gun
1. Choose a pinecone. It can be big or small or symmetrical or oddly shaped! Just be sure it is not too poky and find one that is fully in tact, and not beginning to disintegrate.
2. Cut out feet from a piece of brightly colored felt. They can big, long, narrow, or wide. (You could also cut out teeth or horns with felt paper as well.)
3. Glue on the felt feet by squeezing a dab of hot glue on the back end of each one. Then, attach them to the bottom of your pinecone.
4. Create appendages with brightly colored pipe cleaners. Shape them into arms, horns, antennas, or a tail.
5. Glue on appendages by squeezing a dab of hot glue wherever you'd like your pipe cleaner to go. On the sides for the arms, on the top for the horns and/or antennas, and the back for a tail.
6. Glue on googly eyes by squeezing a dab of glue on the back of an eye and attaching it wherever you'd like onto the pinecone.