Keep the winter blues out while bringing some nature in with these birch bark and pine cone trees. A simple craft project and great winter decor!
Handan grew up on the warm Aegean coast of Western Turkey. All spring, summer and fall (and even during the relatively mild winters) Turks in that region spend a great deal of their lives outdoors. They stroll along the water’s edge on miles of footpaths. They sit in the long, narrow parks that hug the shorelines and play cards. They stroll through city streets and sit in outdoor cafes and enjoy the warmth of the Mediterranean climate.
She is used to being outside, if only to sit and listen to the crickets and frogs sing their nightly serenade. But when Handan experienced her first winter here in New England, with sub-zero temperatures and wind and ice and snow, her outdoor excursions came to a screeching halt.
When it comes to cold, she’s a total chicken.
A frozen chicken.
But a little cold wasn’t going to keep her from enjoying the great outdoors. If she couldn’t enjoy nature out there, then she’d bring some nature in here.
And thus was born her first pine cone tree.
And then her birch bark tree.
This is a great little project, and these pint-sized trees couldn’t be simpler to make!
Before we get to the pine cone tree tutorial, if you like little trees, you’ll love our Whimsical Christmas Tree tutorial!
Pine Cone Tree
First, paint the Styrofoam cone with dark brown craft paint, so the white Styrofoam won’t show underneath the pine cones.
It may look time-consuming, but before you know it, you’ll be at the top row.
Birch Bark Tree
First, break the birch bark in to small pieces.
Now, how simple is that? And they are perfect winter decor!
Did you know that Handan loves to name her creations? It all started about 15 years ago when she created a little guy she named Barish, and it hasn’t stopped since.
By the way, did you know that “Barish” is Turkish for “peace?” His middle name is Eren, and that means “saint” in Turkish. I think he wears his names extraordinarily well.
Okay, back to the trees…
She named her pine cone tree the “Auburn Fire,” but she’s still trying to come up with a name for her birch bark tree.
If you have any bright ideas, post them in the comments!
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