Oliver Mouse loves a festive table, and of course all the animals love DIY holiday crafts. So Max Raccoon found some pine cones and paper towel tubes from his "collection," and helped his mousey friend make these pine cone and tree trunk place cards! It’s a recycling project too, because it uses empty paper towel tubes to make the tiny tree trunks. How festive and clever!
- Paper Towel Tubes
- Paint Brush
- Eco-friendly Glitter
- Decorative Tape
- Pencil or Markers
1. To make the tree trunk place cards, start by cutting your paper towel roll to your preferred height. We made ours 2 inches tall.
2. Cover with paint. Before the paint starts to dry, sprinkle with gold or bronze glitter.
3. To make the pinecone place cards, start by gathering pine cones outside. Give them a few days to dry, in case there’s any wet sap on the edges.
4. Once dry, decide how tall you want your pinecone tree to be. Ours are about 2 inches.
5. To shorten the pine cone you can use scissors to remove the rounded base. If your pinecone has a lot of layers and scissors are tricky try this: hold the base of the pinecone with one hand, and the top with another. Twist the two pieces in opposite directions until the center snaps in half.
6. Remove any broken pinecone layers, unless you want your trees to be very rustic. Place your pinecone on a flat surface. Gently press down on the top to create a flat, stable bottom. For added pizzazz, decorate the edges with paint.
7. To make the place cards, cut small rectangles from cardstock.
7. Decorate the edges with tape, paint, or markers. Write each guest’s name on a place card, and arrange on your table!