Make pine cone snow owls


By Caitlin Murray Giles


Embrace the wintery conditions outdoors with a craft inspired by the super fluffy snowy owl.


  • Ponderosa pine cones (You can buy a big bag of this type of pine cone from a craft store at this time of year)
  • Lots of cotton balls or polyfill stuffing
  • Googly craft eyes
  • White and brown pipe cleaners for the wings and beak
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Toothpicks


  1. Begin by choosing a pine cone that has a nice symmetrical shape. Ponderosa pine cones work best for this project because they have lots of open spaces to stuff the cotton balls.
  2. Use a toothpick to spread a little bit of craft glue into the crevices on the pine cone.
  3. Stretch the cotton balls out and use the toothpick to stuff the cotton into the crevices. Repeat until the entire pine cone is covered in cotton and only the tips of the scales are peeking through.
  4. Use craft glue to attach two googly eyes to the owl's face.
  5. Cut out a 1½-inch piece of brown pipe cleaner and bend it in half to create a "nose" shape. Dab a little bit of craft glue onto each end and carefully place onto the cotton on the owl's face until it sticks.
  6. Finally, cut out two 3-inch pieces of white pipe cleaner to use as "wings." Dab some glue onto one end of the white pipe cleaner and insert into a crevice on one side of the owl's "body" until it holds. Repeat on the other side of the owl to create the second "wing."

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