Sunday, March 11, 2012

From Hunting Pinecones to Shamrock Trees

Last week, LB and I headed out to the backyard common area to hunt for some pinecones, or "pine-tones", as we like to call them.  There are a ton of them around right now, I think because spring is springing and we just had a big wind storm last weekend.  We had fun filling and dumping the bucket and carrying the bucket and counting, and yelling, "oh no, pine-tone!"  We brought our pinecones into the house, and there they sat, in their bucket, for a couple of days. 

I'm goin' on a cone hunt!

Collecting some pine-tones

Some of our haul.  The number changed often, due to gathering and dumping variables. 

Hmmm, what to do with the pine-tones?  There are a lot of crafts we could do, but I was trying to think of something that included materials we already had (ie, we had PB for birdfeeders, but no bird time).  I read somewhere that it was fun to use the pinecones as a painting we gave that a try...

Trying to roll the pine-tones

It was a litle tricky to dip and roll the pincones because of their shape.  I think longer, skinnier, squishier ones would have been better.  But alas, ours were cute and stumpy and pretty stiff!  So, we settled on painting the actual pinecones.  That was fun! 

The more successful painting of the pine-tones

Then we needed something to jazz them up.  I didn't have any glitter, but we did have some very fancy glittery shamrock stickers from Grandma, so we let the paint dry, and made a cute little St. Patty's day decoration! 

Stickering the pine-tones

Getting our St. Patty's Day celebrations started! 

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