Advent Calendar Project ’14 – Week 23

(For the 24 weeks leading up to December 1st, we’ll be making a Christmas ornament, giving you enough to fill an advent calendar.)

A few years back I collected a bunch of pinecones to use as Christmas decorations. I’d seen some done up as cute elves, so I thought I’d try my hand at it.
Advent Calendar Project '14 - Week 23
This is a super easy ornament and one you can have the kids help with. If you are a knitter, you could knit up a hat and scarf instead of using felt, though the felt is so easy!

Pinecone Elf

Supplies:
Advent Calendar Project '14 - Week 23

  • pinecone with a flat bottom
  • glitter paint (optional)
  • paintbrush (if using glitter paint)
  • 1″ wooden ball with flat side (or size appropriate to your pinecone)
  • acrylic paint in black, red and pink
  • very thin paint brush or toothpick
  • red felt
  • scissors
  • red thread
  • hand sewing needle
  • strong glue, such as tacky glue
  • jump ring

1. Paint the pinecone with glitter paint if you wish. I like a little sparkle on my ornaments and it makes the brown pinecone stand out a bit in the tree.
Advent Calendar Project '14 - Week 23
2. Paint a simple face on the wooden ball. I like to use a toothpick to do this.
Advent Calendar Project '14 - Week 23
3. Glue the wooden ball to the flat bottom of the pinecone.
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An egg cup made a great stand for letting it dry.

4. Make a cone from the felt big enough to fit around the wooden ball for a hat. You can glue the cone together, but I prefer to hand sew it as I find the glue doesn’t seem to hold felt to itself easily. Sew the jump ring to the top of the hat for hanging.
Advent Calendar Project '14 - Week 23
Glue the hat on the wooden ball.
Advent Calendar Project '14 - Week 23
5. Cut a small strip of felt, mine was just under 1/2″ and about 4″ long. Use your scissors to fringe the edges. Glue around the neck of your elf.
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(If you want to add elf ears, you can see how I did them on these Peg Doll Elves.)

 

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