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Geometric decorative pendant craft

Geometric decorative pendant craft

This is a craft project I used to do as a kid. I have no clue where it came from and I do this by heart! But it is fun and it gets great results, so I really wanted to share this one! Let me tell you how you can craft this geometric pendant.

Materials for the geometric decorative pendant?

  • cardbord. I love to use empty corn-flakes boxes! They are just flexible enough.
  • scissors
  • glue (spray)
  • yarn
  • ruler
  • tape

Step by step:

  • Open the cardbord box, so you can draw on the inside.
  • Draw 3 squares of exact the same size next to eachothers (see picture). The longest side is always 3 times the size of one side of the square.
  • Draw the 3 zig zag lines as shown on the picture below.
  • Cut out the shape you drew
  • Go over alle the construction lines with the point of the scissors,  That way you can easily fold the shape.
  • Fold the shape and tape it.
  • Spray some glue on the geometric shape.
  • Start going around the shape with the yarn as shown on the picture. Keep the starting point in mind, if you start at the wrong point, it will not work.
  • Spray some more glue at the end so the yarn sticks.
  • Plooi dan de geometrische vorm en plak hem met plakband dicht.
  • Daarna spuit je wat lijmspray op de punt en begin je het garen rond de vorm te draaien. Bekijk eerst even de tekening en volg de pijltjes. Het is belangrijk dat je op de juiste manier begint.
  • Leave a long tail if you want to hang the geometric shape as a pendant – You can cut it off shorter if you want to use it to decorate something else.

Cheap materials and lovely result!

What do kids learn?

Exact measuring is key!

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pinecone flowers craft – flowers to play with

pinecone flowers craft – flowers to play with

A few years ago my sons was crazy about a little book called ‘Musti and the Treehouse’. Here in Belgium Musti is a TV character of a cat for small kids. Daddy had a treehouse too when he was a kid, so mini-daddy wanted a treehouse too. The new planted trees in our garden were nog treehouse material though… our niece bumped into a wooden playhouse on a second hand facebookgroup. We went and bought that wooden house and it got called the treehouse as soon as it was built up again. Today I’ll show you how we made pinecone flowers to decorate the table of the treehouse.

The treehouse

As I already said, the treehouse isn’t really a treehouse. It’s nog around or in a tree, but we call it treehouse anyhow. Inside there’s a big chalkboard and under the house we have built the sandbox. That way, when it’s raining the kids can still play in it. There are beautiful sun-powerd lamps and they even have their own mailbox now. (We bought a new one and gave the old one to the kids for their wooden house.)
From the attic the got a little vase to put flowers in, but real flowers tend to be forgotten. So pince cone flowers could do the trick there!

Searching for pine cones

The ladies and I went searching for pinecones. We live in a town where trees and forrest are very common, so we didn’t have to walk fare. Pine cones are there all the year round! Some people tend to think that pinecones are autumn and winter craft supplies! When I was a kid, my dad used them to light up the BBQ.

Other inspiration: The cutest bauble in the tree – craft 


At home we cleaned the pincones and glued wooden sticks to them. 

Pinecone flowers painting

The day after we glued the pinecones we could paint them. I used acrylic paint with water in a glass bowl. That works very well to paint faster. With a small brush I painted the upper parts, which hadn’t touched the paint in the glass jar.

Denneappel bloemen in wording.

When the paint was dry we added some glitter – off course!

boeketje denneappel bloemen

Now the kis have beautiful pinecone flowers in their treehouse! 

denneappel bloemen knutselen

Tips for crafting with pinecones

  • go searching when it has been dry weather for a few weeks.
  • or dry the cones in the oven to bake out the insects. The oven should be on 160-180 C and you should bake them half an hour. Keep an ey on the oven though!
  • Use transparant glue – it looks better!
  • You can use differen sizes and shapes of pinecones.
  • Make sure the glue has dryed perfectly before you start painting.
  • The acrylic paint has toe be dry too

Other flower project: Yayoi Kusama flowers in paper mache

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pinecone flowers craft

Take care and see you soon!

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