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Make a Pinecone Starfish

Make a starfish from pinecone scales to give away or to hang on a tree.

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Participant Age: 7 to 12
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: Over an hour
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Physical Challenge:
  • Cardboard
  • Craft glue
  • Wiggle eyes, buttons or beads
  • Pinecones
  • Ribbon
  • Small, sharp scissors
Draw

Draw a starfish shape on cardboard.

Cut out

Cut out the shapes with scissors (you may want to ask for an adult's help).

Bend

Take a pine cone and carefully bend each scale backward until it snaps. Then ask an adult to help you cut the scales off the pine cones with small sharp scissors.

Glue on scales

Squeeze a thick line of glue on the cardboard shape where you want a row of scales to go. Then glue down the scales. Repeat for each row of scales. Overlap the scales a little so the cardboard doesn't show.

Add eyes

If you want, you can leave space for the eyes and glue on wiggle eyes, buttons, or beads.

Add ribbon

When the glue has dried, turn your creature over and glue on a long loop of ribbon.


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