Children in Nature - Natural Play Spaces

Make Your Own Tree Cookies

Three decorated tree cookiesTree cookies can be cut from downed trees or during tree maintenance, and used for stepping stones, decoration or just for “loose parts” in your nature play area.

The best trees for cookie sources are Red Oak, White Oak and Tulip Poplar.

  1. Dry in cool dry shed for 6 months.

  2. Coat on all sides and bark with 2 coats of polycrylic. Let dry for at least 2 days.

  3. Paint with acrylic craft paint. Let dry for at least 1 day.

  4. Coat all sides and bark with 2-3 coats of polycrylic. Allow at least 1 day between each coat. Use thin coats.

  5. Let dry for 2-4 weeks.

  6. Place outdoors.

Directions Compliments of Jenny Aley
Montgomery County Parks and Recreation
Jennifer.aley@mncppc-mc.org