Easy Pinecone Crafts for Seniors and Elderly

Pinecones can be used to make different types of crafts at home. Our easy pinecone crafts are perfect fall senior activities. Great for decorating the home, or for gifts, centerpieces, giveaways, and more. We’ll give your ideas that are both whimsical and elegant and link you to other pinecone projects throughout our website.

Our Easy Pinecone Crafts

Pinecone Angel

You can make pinecone crafts such as this angel with all-natural materials, or some from the store. I set this on a rustic wooden napkin holder that I got inexpensively at a thrift store.

You will need:

Tall pinecone

2 leaves for wings (artificial leaves work well)

Raffia, or ribbon for the bow

A small bunch of moss for the hair

Acorn with “cap” for the head & hat

Circlet of ribbon

Glue gun or craft glue

Black fine tip marker

First, I broke off the top tip of the pinecone in order to have a more even area on which to attach the acorn head.

The head – I drew a simple marker face on the acorn. The acorn already had a cap on its head, so I glued a small bunch of moss hair on the head around the cap. On the very top, the ribbon circlet was glued on as a halo. Then I set the head aside for a minute.

Next came attaching the leaf wings. If you are using real leaves that you gathered from outside rather than artificial, you will need to iron them the old-fashioned way between wax paper and newspaper, to preserve them. I found that the wings tucked into the grooves of the pinecone, so I put them in place with a few dabs of glue.

Then I glued the acorn head onto the top of the pinecone. Lastly, I made a bow out of a length of raffia (or ribbon) and glued it to the front of the angel. Then put it on its stand.

These pinecone crafts look really nice with several sizes of pinecones, large and small, in a grouping. Add a few flameless candles, and you have a great centerpiece. Or use them at a place setting, or just on a windowsill or shelf for fun.

Some uniquely colored pinecones for decorative purposes

Pinecone Fairy

This whimsical fairy adds fun and delight wherever you put her. And she’s very easy to do. If you go on a fall walk outside, you could collect pinecones, colored leaves, and twigs or dried plants to use.

Make a couple of these pinecone crafts in different poses. You can also add 2 more twigs for arms if you’d like.

You will need:

Roundish shaped pinecone

2 leaves for wings

Large acorn or wooden bead for the head

A small bunch of moss for the hair

2 twigs or dried plants for the legs/feet

Black and red fine tip markers

Glue gun or craft glue


I cut off the top tip of the pinecone so that the head could sit there securely.

Cut or snap off your sticks or dried plants to the length that you want them. Glue them onto the bottom of the pinecone so that it will sit on the table securely. I found the sticks sort of fit into the grooves of the pinecone. Same with the leaves. They may fit into the grooves in the back of the body, attached with a dab of glue.

Make a smiling face on your acorn or bead with the markers. Glue on a small bunch of moss to the top of the head. This is a fairy, so it can look whimsical! Then glue the head to the top of the pinecone. And you’re done!

Pinecone Santa or Elf

Our easy pinecone crafts wouldn’t be complete without a colorful Santa (or elf – you choose).

You will need:

Pinecone, any shape, or size

Googly eyes

Red pom-pom for nose (or bead)

2-3 cotton balls, or fake spider web

Toilet tissue or paper towel tube

Small Santa hat (or make one)

Black paper: & red paper or felt if making a hat

Colorful holiday paper

Bells for shoe toes (or beads or buttons)

Glue gun or craft glue like Tacky Glue


First, I assembled the pinecone head by gluing on the eyes, nose, and stretching out a bit of fake spider webbing from Halloween for the beard. Or stretch out cotton balls or rolled cotton. Glue on the beard. Set aside to dry.

Next, I measured and cut a length of wrapping paper scrap to wrap around the cardboard tube. And spread a thin line of glue around the edges to glue it in place.

Then the shoes. These are a simple oval shape cut from black paper (or felt). After cutting, I glued a small bell onto each toe. I also put a line of glue along the bottom rim of the tube where it will touch the shoes, to glue it in place.

Lastly, the hat. I just used a small hat from the craft store. But you can make out of red paper or felt. Just cut a circle, make a slit, and form it into a cone, gluing the edges. Decorate the bottom with cotton. Or holiday ribbon.

Make a few of the Santas and line them up on a table, mantle, or serving area. Or with a centerpiece.

Pine Cones on trees during the autumn season

Important Supplies for Pinecone Crafts

The different types of products related to Pinecone Crafts might not be easily available or you will not be able to get them all from one place. Fortunately, we have listed down a few products which you can buy from Amazon.com directly and get them delivered at your place. These will assist you in the different types of crafts.

Where to Buy
Johouse Natural Pine Cones, Christmas Rustic Pinecones Fall Garland Halloween Thanksgiving Decorations, Christmas Tree Fall Ornaments,18 PCS
Choruslove Christmas Series Charms 925 Sterling Silver Fairy, Pinecone Beads, Xmas Charms fits European Style Bracelet, Gifts for Christmas Day/Women/Men
Gorilla Dual Temp Mini Hot Glue Gun Kit with 30 Hot Glue Sticks


Johouse Natural Pinecones

These Natural Pinecones are one of the most environmentally friendly products that you can get for a fairly low price tag. One reason for this is that they don’t wither even after years so you can save them. Your craft will also look perfect and maintain its shape even if time passes by and there will be no deformities.

Each of the pinecones comes with a rope so that it is easy to tie other things to it or tie the pinecone to any object. These pinecones are lightweight so it would be easy to make and design the different types of crafts. There are few large pinecones and few small ones, but the average size stays between 1.5″ and 2.5 inches.

Choruslove Christmas Series Charms 925 Sterling Silver Fairy Pinecone Beads

If you are working on a micro project where the final craft is going to be very small, you can use these pinecone beads as the best decoration. They are made from 0.925 sterling silver. In case you are wondering whether it is safe, we assure you that because these pinecone beads are Lead-free, Nickel-free, Cadmium-free, and Hypoallergenic.

Several customers tried out these pinecone beads and were very happy with their purchase. This became a fancy gift item too. You will get one piece per pack which is fine because it is made from silver. The size of these charms is 17.9mm approximately and they weigh about 2.40 grams. The charm hole size is 4.5 – 5mm.

Gorilla Dual Temp Mini Hot Glue Gun Kit

If you are spending time on multiple crafts or even this single activity, a glue gun would be the most essential item. Although, there are many available in the market out there, we especially recommend this one for ease of use as well as multiple enhanced safety procedures that are installed in it. It even comes with a precision nozzle so you can design your crafts with maximum accuracy.

With a built-in stand and a wide base, you can keep it anywhere at any time. This set comes with 30 glue sticks which as well could be used for over multiple projects before buying a new one. The glue marks a tough impact which allows for a strong grip. These sticks are suitable to be used with all kinds of high & low temperature glue guns. It is even recommended by Amazon with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

Pinecone Bird

This bird is one of the easier pinecone crafts, submitted by one of our readers in the craft Share Forum. She used basic craft items such as paper, feathers, and googly eyes. You can often get some of these materials in thrift stores or dollar stores too.

Pinecone Door Hanger or Ornament

This pinecone door hanger (for inside or out) could also be used as an ornament. As with many fall crafts, an outing to a park or out in the yard is perfect for gathering items from nature to use. In this case the pinecones, twigs, and dried up flower’s stalks. Then add some festive fall ribbon.

Pinecone Napkin Tie

This simple but elegant napkin tie is expensive enough to make for several place settings. You can see that the materials are very simple and gathered from nature. So if you’re having a party or even for Thanksgiving dinner, check out for many other ideas at this link.

Pinecones can be a perfect decorative item for Christmas too.

Pinecone Fall Centerpiece

If you’re looking for something a little bit fancier, we show a couple of different centerpieces with pinecones for fall.

An easy way to make a fall centerpiece is with a terra-cotta pot. They already have a natural orange color, perfect for autumn. We have a whole lot of other activities planned out for the seniors as well. Find out more at the Fall Senior Activities page.

In case you have an elderly who is suffering from Dementia, we have some of the interesting activities listed at this Meaningful Dementia Activities page.