Uses for pine cones?

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  1. braggscowboy

    braggscowboy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I may have seen a thread on here before for uses of pine cones. I don't remember for sure. I have lots of nice cones and am looking for a use for them other than for a fire starter. Any craft ideas out there that you have tried? I would appreciate any ideas that might work.
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  2. CraftyDiva

    CraftyDiva Is anybody here?

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    Spread with peanut butter and rolled in seed make great birdfeeders for the winter. Just hang from a tree branch and watch the little guys go to town on that peanut butter.
     

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    You can use them just like corn cobs to replace toliet paper.
     
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    OUCH! :eek:
     
  6. Momo

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    Not a crafty idea but my neighbors feed them to their rabbits for a snack. They seem to love them.
     
  7. Ed in S. AL

    Ed in S. AL Well-Known Member

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    I bet they wouldn't use it but once.
     
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    I think I'd almost rather use poison ivy.
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  9. Fla Gal

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    If you do this make sure you use them only before they've opened and you've shaved off any sharp points and edges with your pocket knife or a file. :p
     
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    This may sound silly, but try selling them in lots of 12 (or whatever) on ebay !!!! You'd be surprised what people are looking for out there. If they're nice looking ones, the crafters out there will pay some money for em !
     
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    I've seen pine cones made into animals. Hedgehogs etc. Or later in the year spray them with gold or silver paint put a red ribbon on them and you have Christmas decorations.
     
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    We wrapped a pipecleaner around the tops of several pinecones and dipped the cones in melted candle wax. (color and scent of your choice) When they were cold, we hung them up with an ornament hung on our tree in the living room. :)
     
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    Not a craft, but they're great pot scrubbers.
     
  14. braggscowboy

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    I appreciate all the good ideas. Not sure about the TP thing, will let you know. Who knows, the ebay thing might work. People will buy anything from there, I know I have bought a few things and sold a few things. Good place to find what you need, but shipping will eat you alive!
    Thanks again, braggscowboy
     
  15. Rita

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    Years ago I made a duck from pine cone "petals". It was really beautiful. I bought a paper mache duck form (can't remember from where) and you pulled apart the cones and used the large petals for the top feathers, wings etc and the small ones layered on the head. Glue two eyes on, spray for a shine and that's it. Rita
     
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    The woman I work with broke some pinecones down into their little petal pieces and stuck them on birdhouses using polymore clay. Made the birdhouses look like little cabines.