About The River

Friday, July 15, 2016

Crafting with Pine Cones

 Look real close, can you see a pine cone flower?

 This Spring during a hike in the Kettle Moraine State Forest I noticed pine cone flowers.
You can see the large pine cone. The flower pine cones are made by squirrels.  They have eaten the pine cones. They left a perfect flower.

My aunt Sharon and I are picking pine cone flowers.

 This is an eaten to make a pine cone flower steam.
I bundled the pine cones and wrapped burlap around them.

A bouquet of pine cone flowers.

 Has nature suprised you lately? 
Have you discovered something you have never seen before?


  1. I never noticed these before. Great craft idea! My 3 yr old granddaugter and I noticed how the acorns were much more plentiful one year. She gathered a huge pile and then told me, "Now go get me a squirrel!"

  2. The look like wooden roses!! I will have to be on the lookout for pinecone flowers now!

  3. I love these. We have lots of pine cones here and I collect them every year and keep huge baskets of them out in the fall/winter. xo Diana

  4. Carla, this is so interesting. I didn't know the squirrels ate them this way. What a cute bouquet of pinecone flowers, and the burlap tie adds a nice touch. I just took pics of this silly squirrel this morning when sipping on my coffee in the park. They amaze me, but don't like to get too close to them. This is a great idea that you and your Aunt Sharon thought of.


  5. How clever! This is really awesome! We have lots of pine cones and squirrels around here, and I never knew they eat them. And I never would have thought of this. And it will last practically forever!

  6. Such a great idea and I love these! Thank you for sharing!

  7. We're having a heatwave, so nature is inspiring me to stay indoors! But I must say I love your pinecones. The squirrels did a nice job!

  8. I love what you did with the pinecone "flowers" that the squirrels designed for you... they look great with the burlap! It is always so amazing to see the unique things that can be found in the forest!! :)

  9. Good Morning Carla. These are great and how fun that the squirrels could help out!
    Have a great week end.

  10. I'm in love with the pinecone bouquet! I have pinecones all over my house, I love them.

  11. Those pinecone flowers are so pretty! Makes we want to take a look at the pine cones in our woods. I've never seen anything that looked like those before though. Our squirrels must eat the tops too.

    1. I showed this post to my spouse with a hint about all the white pine cones in our little woods...:)

  12. Carla ~ That is soo neat! I have never seen a pine cone flower before, but I am going to be watching for them now. Adorable bouquet :)

  13. Very cool!! I have never seen anything like that before! Leave it to you find to flowers, even in the pinecones! :)

  14. This is such a great idea ... love the photo of the two of you too!

    All the best Jan


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