03 October 2013

Pine Cone Hedgehogs

Don't let the cooler weather put you off exploring the great outdoors, there is plenty to see and do during Autumn and some spectacular photography opportunities with the beautiful colours of the season.

We have had great fun collecting conkers and acorns and we decided to use the pine cones we discovered to create some cute little hedgehogs!




Equipment
Pine cones
Air drying clay
Fork
Googly eyes

Method
  • Firstly clean your pine cones to ensure there are no little hidden bugs inside.
  • Using the clay roll out a ball for a head, 4 balls for feet, 2 balls for ears and 1 ball for a nose.
  • Shape the clay ball for the head into a cone, attach to the flat end of the pine cone and spread out the edges to ensure it is connected properly.
  • Add the ears and use the fork to make a small indentation in each.
  • Add the nose to the tip of the head.
  • Press the fork down into each of the feet and then attach to the pine cone firmly.
  • Use the fork to make a mouth, attach the eyes and leave so the clay can dry.
  • Play!



Collect some Autumn items of your own and get creative!
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32 comments :

  1. awh these are v cute. Pine cones are great for crafting with aren't they?! x

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  2. Love these, will be looking out for some on my next walk in the woods thanks for the great idea x

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  3. Oh! This is brilliant idea! My son saw a hedgehog for the first time recently and he loves them, and I ove for us to make stuff out of random materials. Definitely going to try this!

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  4. I love him - such a good idea. Monkey would love doing something like this.

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  5. Oh what a fantastic idea - so simple but looks so good. Have repinned.

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  6. so cute and what a great thing to do the pine cones...must go ad find some now xxx

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  7. Love these, they look great fun!

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  8. Two fun activities for outdoors, a lovely nature walk to collect little treasures then a nice craft activity using them. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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  9. Such a great idea these look great!

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  10. Oh, l love these! Fantastic idea :)

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  11. Fabulous! Have to have a look out for air drying clay.

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  12. What a brilliant idea. I thought I was quite creative with pine cones but have never made these before, my daughters will love these - I will be off to collect some pine cones tomorrow - thank you :-)

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  13. Aw how cute!! My eldest would love doing this what a great idea! thankyou :)

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  14. Going to try these they look so good and we are going to do a christmas themed hedgehog x

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  15. These are so cute~ I feel a craft day coming on :)

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  16. My in laws back garden is full of pine cones & now I have something new to make with them, thanks :) x

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  17. These are brilliant, be great for a nursery project!

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  18. Nice for a garden ornament.

    Rachel Craig

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  19. Great idea, will def be copying this....once the weather improves!

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  20. These are so cute we have some acorns from last winter so may give this a try when the children are looking for somthing 'different' to do.

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  21. An excellent idea if you ever go to the West coast of France there are loads of pine trees with huge pines which would be ideal.

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  22. too cute! I have a ton of pinecones still so will be getting some clay and googly eyes and trying this :)

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  23. These are so cute - I always associate pinecones with Christmas so I'd love to make a sparkly hedgehog family.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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