Pine Forest Playscape

Clara and I made a fun pine forest playscape using coffee filters, and it’s been a big hit for imaginative play over here!

We painted a bunch of coffee filters in hues of yellow and green. I love how happy Clara gets when she realizes that we will be painting — what fun!!

She painted happily for quite some time!

When they were completely dry, I cut them up into uneven thirds, rolled them into cones and used a little tape to turn them into pine trees. Clara has been stacking them up, and enjoying lots of imaginative play in her pine forest playscape!

She quickly realized that the trees were the perfect place for a game of hide-and-seek with her figurines from Red Rose tea. Ta-da!!

I think we will keep them on display as a festive (and playful) centerpiece for our kitchen table. Have fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    My figurines! They are not toys. They are ACTION FIGURES.


  2. Very cute idea.

  3. oo those turned out beautiful!! What a fun play set!

  4. Oh, I love this idea! We have got to make these!

  5. Not the coffee filters! Imagine all the poor caffeine deprived people out there while your sweet little girl creates and plays. Have a little compassion. 😉

  6. I am looking for some paint to add to our craft stash. What type/where do you get good washable paint for a craft like this? TIA!

  7. These are great and so much fun

  8. What a cute idea. My daughter would probably love stacking them. My daughters face lights up when it’s time to paint things too.

  9. What a clever idea. I love crafting activities that can be played with afterwards. Very festive.

  10. Your girls definitely have a great time crafting – I love Clara enthusiasm. Of course, she also gets to play with new toys every day 🙂

    • That is so true! We don’t buy toys for them because we’re too busy making new ones all the time. 🙂

  11. Clara looks like a mini-Emily – more and more every day!

    This is a very cute idea! And my kids think painting is the best!

  12. Great idea! I love how they turned out and how much fun she is having with them. If it makes Mark feel any better, my oldest would probably find a way to turn them into a light saber…don’t ask me how, but everything can make that sound.

  13. How does she stay so clean??? My little artist is always covered in paint!

  14. You must keep that straight. Action figures are very different.


  15. What a cute forest. Such a simple idea.

  16. Ha, ha, ha I saw Mark’s comment. ER likes to play with Brad’s old Star Wars figures and she always calls them “Daddy’s Dolls”. Cute way to use the many masterpieces our kiddos make. ER loves to paint and paint, this would be a fun thing to do with her.

  17. I posted this on my facebook! I loved it. We didn’t have coffee filters, (well we do, but they are for camping and I know I will be sorry if I remove them from the camping box!) I just used butcher paper and cut circles. Of course they are lying on their side next to the “destruction town” train set. . . I have a boy.

    • Thanks so much for the link, Jillian! I love how you improvised — very clever!! xoxo So cute with the destruction town train set — LOL

  18. Oh Valerie, these are fabulous – your crafts never cease to amaze me – always so pretty!

    Did you know I have a link up party now too? I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty (every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) – current link up

    Hope to see you there! I know you are busy and have a blog network already… but would love your visits!


    • Thank you so much, Maggy! I’ve added your linky to my calendar — it’s always fun to join in! I love seeing what everyone else is up to in bloggy-land too!! xoxo


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