DIY: Pinecone Elf {23 Days of Handmade Christmas}

handmade christmasDay 17: Elves

We are nearing the end of the 23 Days of Handmade Christmas and we couldn’t forget the elves!  I love those cute little guys! We had to give them a day.  I wasn’t sure what to make…..then I ran across a pinecone my daughter made in school a few years ago.  It is just a pinecone with some glitter.  I wasn’t sure what to do with it…so I decided it would make a cute little elf!


  • Pinecone
  • 1 inch wooden ball (found in most craft stores)
  • Felt scraps
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • 2 Pipe Cleaners
Cut a piece of felt, large enough to fit around the ball.


Fold the edge over to create a cone and glue in place.


Glue onto the ball.  You have a hat!


Glue head onto the top of your pinecone.  If it does not fit flat, remove some of the scales.


Find the middle of one of your pipe cleaners and put it between the scales on the “back” of your pine cone.  This will become the arms.  Repeat for the legs.  I put a small dot of hot glue to hold each in place.


Cut a strip of felt.  I left mine long so I could trim it after it was attached.  Put a small dot of glue behind your elf’s head and put your felt piece down.  Wrap around his neck.  This will become a scarf.  Cut the felt to the length you would like and fray the ends by cutting small slits.


Cut 4 gloves and 4 shoes out of felt.  I cut one in the shape I wanted then traced it for the other 3.


Glue one glove to the end of your pipe cleaner arms.


Add a dot of glue and place another glove on top of the first piece.  This will enclose the end of your pipe cleaner and create your gloves.  Repeat for the other hand and both feet.


Add eyes and a mouth with your sharpie and he is ready to go!


I hope you like my little elf…complete with glitter accents by my daughter!  :)  Please be sure to visit Amanda at Midwestern Moms to see her adorable Elf Hat!



  1. says

    TOO CUTE!!!! I love this idea!!!! Thanks! We harvested some pine cones about a couple weeks ago now.. they were not dried and spread out yet. We soaked them in simmering scents and then allowed them to dry after they soaked up the scent for a few days. Then we spray glittered them.. we have yet to finish decorating them and I think you just gave me the inspiration for the finishing touches! :-)

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