Pine cones starfish

cones starfish

Autumn is the time when children are happy to collect colorful leaves, fancy twigs and fragrant cones. How to apply this natural material with benefits for the development of the child? Simple and effective hand-made of cones - one of the most common options. Find half an hour of free time and dedicate them to creative work together with your child - the creation of pine cones from a luxurious starfish.
For crafts we need:
hot glue cones

• 6 unopened pine cones with a pointed spout. 5 of them should be about the same size, 1 slightly smaller;
• glue gun and glue sticks;
• large sharp knife;
• acrylic scarlet (suitable cinnabar) and a hard brush (you can take a brush for glue);
• A sheet of paper or newspaper to protect the table from glue and paint.
Step 1.We collect the "rays" of the star. Clean the cones from dust and needles, cut off their tails. Little bump until set aside. Fold a five-pointed star from the prepared natural material.Apply hot glue gently to the points of contact between the barrels of the cones. Wait for the glue to cool.
apply glue

Step 2.Fill the middle of crafts. With a knife, cut a small cone across in half.
cut a piece

The spout is not useful to us, and place the expanded part in the center of the star, thus closing the hole in the middle. Again, apply hot glue to the star, securing the center. When the glue cools, the star is ready for painting!
let it dry

If the paper or newspaper, which was used for gluing, stuck to the bumps on the back side - it does not matter. Carefully tear it off, and then the traces of the newspaper will then be safely hidden by a layer of paint.

Step 3.Paint the starfish. This stage of work is certainly the most pleasant. It can be safely trusted to a child over 4 years old. With the smallest paint the artwork together: the acrylic paint is easily distributed over the surface of the cones and is washed off without problems if the crumb is soiled. It is better to take a brush hard: it is better to paint the rough surface of cones. Covering one side of the starfish with paint, leave it to dry completely (from half an hour or more, depending on the thickness of the applied acrylic layer). Then turn the job over and paint the other side.
apply paint

the starfish is ready

Bright crafts are ready! Thanks to the hot glue and acrylic paint, the star has turned out to be very strong, therefore it can be safely used both in children's games and in interior decoration.

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