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Snowy Owl Pinecone Craft (video & free printable template)

Learn how to make a snowy owl pinecone craft that is optionally made with felt or colored paper, cotton balls, and googly eyes. It comes with an in depth tutorial (video too), supply list, free printable template for the owl’s beak, feet, eyebrow area/ears/hood, and wings. This post also has answers to all of the frequently asked questions when making any craft with pine cones. You could easily call it a complete guide to this subject. These fun little owls are simple to personalize in any desired color, and it can easily be turned into an owl ornament if so desired as well.

pine cone owls

About this craft

I have THE most adorable crafting owl activity to share with you all today!

You can either make it for a fun winter time “snowy owl” activity, or for any time of the year really because you can make it in various colors so it doesn’t have to be limited to a winter time activity at all.

This project just happens to be perfect for any owl lovers out there that need some owl craft ideas…or could just be used as a fun thing to do to keep kids busy on a day that needs to be spent indoors.

This is not just specifically an activity for kids either, if you want to make them more intricately, it’s a perfect idea for owl crafts for adults too.

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What is an owl pine cone?

Pine cone owls are just that!

It’s a DIY owl craft that is made with pine cones.

You can use many different things to make them…I have even seen a version of them made with only things found in nature.

Which can also be super fun and challenging, so if you need to go the more frugal route for your owl ideas…it super won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t make my version.

As I always say, “ya just gotta do what is best for the ‘ol family budget“.

However, I like to go the super colorful crafting route whenever possible… so we are going to do a bright and fun version of these owls made from pine cones too.

This tutorial is going to be a little on the longer side (there are lots of steps and I give you a TON of options to personalize them and really make them to your own liking), so I am going to just jump right in.

Remember that I have a free printable “how-to” card near the bottom of this post, and within it is a step by step video of the process of how to make these.

Supplies needed

basic supplies needed to make a pine cone owl

Here is the bulleted list of the supplies needed for making a more plain owl pine cone craft.

If you’re not sure what something is, I made sure to link most of them so that you know without a doubt what I’m talking about for reference:

That’s just the basic things that you will need, although you can get even more creative.

Free printable PDF pine cone owl template

*As per my usual request. Every “free printable” I have on this website is for personal use only. or in a classroom setting.

Please contact me for any template use beyond creating these for personal or school use (not to be used for material gain, or sold in any way).*

This owl craft printable template is for wings, beak, feet, eyes, and “eyebrows”/ears. I recommend printing it out on a thicker card stock, then cut out the shape (on the card stock) with scissors.

Then it’s easy to place the shape cut out on top of your desired color of felt and trace around it. Use that traced line to cut the shapes out of the felt (colored paper instead of felt works too).

I am definitely not a professional graphic designer…just giving you guys some basic “owl-like” shapes to make these.

I tried to make the various owl shapes so that they are the size that you will need if you’re using a medium-sized pine cone to make yours (which is also about the size of a medium sized apple) .

If you need larger or smaller shape sizes maybe try uploading it to Canva or another photo editing software and adjusting it as needed.

If you don’t like the shape options that I provide for my free printable owl template, here are three other cute owl template ideas as well.

How to make it (printable instructions & video found here):

snowy owl pinecone craft

How To: Making Owls With Pine Cones

Yield: 1 Owl
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Cost: $5-10

This fun and easy crafting owl brings a touch of nature indoors. It is the perfect activity for some cheap entertainment to keep those little hands busy...although it's one of the more fun owl crafts for adults too.


  • Template (provided within the post, printed out on card stock)
  • Pine Cones (dry and free of bugs)
  • Cotton Balls (about 5 for each pine cone, depending on the size)
  • Felt or Crafting Paper (in desired colors)
  • Wiggly Eyes (2 for each pine cone)
  • Quick Dry Tacky Glue (or desired adhesive)


  • Fabric Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun (optional)
  • Crafting Tweezers (optional)


  1. Step 1 Prepare a crafting surface area by putting down crafting paper.Prepare a crafting surface area by putting down crafting paper or parchment paper (or just make it somewhere that can get messy).
  2. Print out the free printable owl template on cardstock.
  3. Step 3 Gather the rest of your needed supplies.Gather the rest of your needed supplies.
  4. Step 4 Pull pieces of the cotton balls apart & gently stuff the cotton between the prongs of the pine cone.Pull pieces of the cotton balls apart (fluffing them up) and gently stuff the cotton between the prongs of the pine cone. Once the pine cone is as fluffy and filled as you desire, set it aside.
  5. Step 5 Decide which owl shapes you want and cut them outDecide which owl feature shapes you want from the provided template, cut them out with scissors.
  6. Step 6 Tracing the shapes onto the felt or paperPlace them on the desired color of felt or crafting paper and trace the shapes using a marker or pen.
  7. Step 7 Cut out the shapesCut out the shapes.
  8. Step 8 Outline the shapes and draw a pattern on the wings(optional) Outline the cutouts and draw a fun "feather-like" pattern on the wing pieces with a fabric marker.
  9. Step 9 Glue all the features onto the pine coneGlue the owl features on as desired, make sure to include the beak, eyes, "eye brows"/ears/hood, and feet. Set aside to dry.
  10. Allow to dry completely, and handle with care, before transporting them elsewhere or using to decorate with.


Owl in the top image was made using watercolor cardstock paper.

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How to make owl ornaments

However you decided to make your owl, there are a few ways that you can turn it into a menagerie of pinecone owl ornaments to hang somewhere fun, or even on a tree as part of your diy owl decor.

I found this handy little video on YouTube that teaches you how to turn pine cones into ornaments, so here is a link to that.

I feel like they teach you the basics on how to hang a pine cone, and make it ornamental, enough so that I don’t need to make a video to teach you how too.

Here’s what the felt owls that my kids and I made look like.

making owl pine cones with kids

I think that my kiddo’s little owls turned out super cute…but I may be a little biased ;).

What do you think? Totally worth the time and effort to make these, right? They’re pretty dang inexpensive to make as well.

Don’t forget that I said that you can easily switch things up with these little owls and each kid can make them in whatever colors or combinations of things that they desire to really add a personal touch.


What age children are recommended to craft with pine cones?

When I have seen other bloggers write about making a similar craft projects/ or just making pine cone crafts for kids in general, I’m usually pretty surprised that they list these as “pinecone crafts for preschoolers”, “owl craft preschool”, or “owl craft for kindergarten”. Pine cones are SHARP and can cut someone pretty easily!

In fact, with the last package of pine cones that I bought, I somehow managed to cut myself with one just when I was opening the packaging…

So if you’re going to be making these with younger kids, it may be a good idea to add the cotton to the pine cone yourself first before having them do the rest, or at the very least teach them that if you hold the pine cone at the top and the bottom that is typically the least sharp part of the pine cone to hold when handling them. You could also inspect the pine cones ahead of time for the extra “pokey” pieces and pick them off.

The age appropriateness that I recommend for making an owl with a pinecone, or for crafting with pine cones in general, is 8 years old and up…but use your best judgement of course. I know that every kid is different and has different skill levels.

It also wouldn’t hurt to have a basic first-aid kit handy while making them too, just as a precaution.

How to save money when making these:

Normally, to save money on a project, I am pushing pretty hard to buy everything in bulk…but on this particular project, unless you are planning on having a whole classroom full of kids (or a church class) making these…you just plain can get by with only buying what you actually need, so that you’re not being wasteful or having to store all the leftover supplies.

I know that Dollar Tree usually has a pretty good selection of craft supplies that can be purchased inexpensively, but did you know that most of the craft supplies found at Dollar Tree are actually a few cents cheaper at Wal-Mart? I noticed this years ago, that Wal-Mart tries hard to be competitive with the pricing of similar items that are often found at Dollar Tree. So, I recommend checking Wal-Mart for what you need first...then try the store route.

If you are making a ton of these owls, definitely buy your pine cones, felt, cotton balls, and any other supplies you’ll need in bulk (the multipacks) though to save yourself some money (always checking the price per ounce/unit first before buying).

What kind of glue should I use on a pine cone craft or pine cone ornament?

I typically prefer to use a tacky crafting glue when making craft projects with kids (either in clear, or original white)… If you would like to cut down on how messy this project can get with little ones, crafting glue dots work too.

However, if older kids, teens, or adults are making this craft then hot glue (either low or high temp…both work) is a good option for glue, and can be used to speed up the crafting process quite a bit.

Can I use pine cones I found outside to craft with, or do I need to buy store bought?

Pine cones found in nature are perfect for this project, or any other crafting project you would like to do.

However, often there are microscopic bugs/critters (or even bird poop) that are in those cones found in the outdoors. If you choose to make your owls with pine cones from outside, make sure to prep the pine cones first.

Here is a link for a simple tutorial on how to clean and prepare pine cones for crafting. If that seems like too much of a hassle, then I strongly suggest buying the ones found in stores (or on Amazon) because the manufacturer has already prepped them for in home use and we don’t need to bring in any critters into our homes unnecessarily.

*I will add more question and answers as they get sent to me.


Hopefully I gave you enough instruction and options of ways to make this snowy owl pinecone craft, to really get those inspiration and creative juices flowing.

Or more importantly…to keep those hands busy and the memory-making going in full force.

Happy Crafting!

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**Please note: This idea was originally shared to this blog on December 27, 2019, but needed to be completely overhauled. It has since been updated to improve user experience, provide better photos, add video instruction, to provide a free printable template, as well as to make it as shareable as possible across the social medias. It will continually be updated to remain relevant.*

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