This adorable DIY project for kids comes courtesy of my friend Masahiro Minami, who, along with his students at the University of Shiga Prefecture, came up with the idea and executed it over the weekend at a workshop.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Rocks – preferably smooth and flat as they’ll serve as the based for the tree
- Ornaments – necklace beads are perfect but any small things (lego pieces, glitter, rhinestones or buttons) would work.
- Paint and paintbrushes
- Glue gun
First, go out and pick some pinecones and find some rocks. Then come home and decorate them. You can paint the pinecone, use glue to attach ornaments, or both. If you like, go ahead and paint your rock as well!
Once it’s decorated, use a glue gun and dab some glue to the bottom of the pinecone. Then place it onto the rock. Hold in place until the glue dries (about 2 min).
And that’s really all there is to it. Now you have your very own miniature Christmas tree!
It’s a simple, fun activity that can help kids realize and appreciate the wonderful small things that are often right under our feet – we just need to look for them.