I love to decorate with pine cones from the first chill of fall to the last day of winter, and we always incorporate them as part of our Christmas decor as well, hanging them on the tree or piling them in a bowl.
I’ve purchased the big bags of scented pine cones before, but this year I wanted to collect my own now that my parents live in beautiful North Carolina! It turns out that it’s easy to scent them yourself, as long as you have a little bit of time.
- fresh pine cones
- cinnamon essential oil
- spray bottle
- large plastic bag
Wash all of your pine cones thoroughly in soapy water. Rinse and air dry.
Place on a foil-covered tray and bake at 200 degrees F for 45 minutes. This helps them open fully, dries them out, kills any bugs, and melts the sap. (Important: Stay close by while they’re baking and watch for smoke!)
Put the pine cones in a large ziploc baggie.
In a small spray bottle, mix 1 ounces of water and 20-30 drops of cinnamon essential oil. Spray the pine cones in the bag until your water is gone.
Seal the bag and let sit for 5-7 days. If you open it sooner, you’ll still have scented pine cones, but the scent may not last as long!
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