This blog post will teach you how to make your own pinecone elf village using birdhouses, large pinecones, and natural elements like moss and leaves. It’s a fun and easy project that’s perfect for people of all ages. So gather your supplies and get ready to create a winter wonderland for your elves!
Using simple supplies like birdhouses, large pinecones, and natural elements like moss and leaves, you can create a unique and rustic village that your elves will love to call home. And the best part is, you can customize your village to fit your own personal style.
Whether you want to create a traditional village with snow-capped roofs and evergreen trees, or something more whimsical with candy cane pathways and gingerbread houses, the possibilities are endless.
You can also see How to Make Pinecone Elves for your Pinecone Village!
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- Large pinecones
- Natural elements like moss, leaves, and twigs, cinnamon sticks
- Upholstery cording
- Battery operated twinkle lights
- Hot glue gun
- Craft paint
How to Make a Pinecone Elf House
I started by scoring the birdhouse I had with scissors to make an elf sized doorway rather than a bird sized entry.
It scored easily and then I was able to press down and it came right out.
Here I used the scissors to clean up the edges, even though I was going to cover them, I wanted my cording to lay flat.
Paint the roof with dark brown craft paint. I used FolkArt Asphaltum. This hides the roof in case any of my pinecones don’t cover.
I used Folkart Linen Toile and the asphaltum on the body of the house to make a faux aged wood grain look.
Every once in a while I would just run a line of the dark brown asphaltum over the linen toile and blend them together for the look I wanted.
I used ModPodge inside the doorway to attach my taupe cording as a door frame.
I used my bare hands to pull the petals of the pinecone off, and I don’t suggest that you try this at home. Use gardening gloves, because I tore my fingers up but didn’t realize it until I was using alcohol to get the sap off of my hands and I felt a thousand cuts. Ouch! Wear Gloves!!!!
I used one very large pinecone and it covered the entire roof and then some. I have enough for more rooftops leftover.
I used hot glue to attach each petal overlapping them slightly side to side and over the top of each other.
Start at the bottom and work your way up the roof.
You can see how I made the moss covered birdhouse here!
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I love how the pinecone roof looks on this sweet little birdhouse and I can’t wait to make more for my Rustic Christmas Tree ornaments!