Painted Pinecones Craft for Kids

Make Painted Pinecones for your Fall or Thanksgiving decorations! They're a fun and easy kids' craft!

Ah, fall.  The leaves are changing, the crisp autumn air drifts through the windows, and quick kids' crafts are just what your fall afternoon is calling for.  Take a walk, gather up some pinecones, and get to work creating some easy and decorative painted pinecones.

If you are taking a Montessori homeschool or preschool approach, this painted pinecones craft is perfect for adding to your lesson plans. It's a great way to incorporate nature and give your kids hands-on learning when it comes to textures in the world around them.

We recommend keeping a container of wet wipes handy, as sometimes the pinecones can have residual sap on them and it can make crafting a very sticky process! (We learned this the hard way!)

Painted Pinecones Craft for Kids

Ages:  2+

Time: 15-45 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic Tablecloth
  • Smock
  • Tempera Paint in Fall Colors
  • Paint Tray
  • Small Bowl of Water
  • Rag or Paper Towels
  • Sponge or Paintbrush
  • Pinecones
  • Wax Paper


  1. Clean off the pinecones and remove as much dust and debris as possible.
  2. Using a sponge or paintbrush, let your little artist paint the pinecone.
  3. Place the painted pinecones on a non-stick surface, like a piece of wax paper, to dry.
  4. Place the dry pinecones on your mantle or in a decorative bowl to display.

We'd love to see how your painted pinecones craft turned out! Share it with us by posting a picture below in the comments or tagging us on Instagram @MamaTeaches!