We don't go crazy with our seasonal decorating, but we do enjoy bringing a little nature inside as a nod to a new time of year. When we saw Veronique's pine cone creatures we knew they fit the bill and, better yet, could be made with children.
Veronique and her kids make these every fall and it's becoming a family tradition at her house. Make an afternoon of it by collecting pine cones in your yard or on a family nature walk. Have your kids look for pine cones of all sizes and be sure to bring home small twigs, leaves, acorns, moss and anything else that catches their eye. Veronique suggests covering a table to work on and using a hot glue gun to add legs, tails, faces and other details to your pine cones "bodies." (Her kids also love to add glitter and we think fabric scraps would be fun.) Adults should man the glue gun while kids direct.
When you're done you've not only had a nice nature walk and some craft time, but are left with fall accents to place around the house or use as a centerpiece on your table.