How to make your own Scented Pinecones

by Susan Myers on November 25, 2011

I love the smell of cinnamon. It always reminds me of the holidays. And cinnamon scented pinecones make the whole house smell fabulous. You’ve probably seen them in the local craft stores, sold along with the scented brooms. But here in Georgia, where pine trees are everywhere, we have our choice of free pinecones everywhere.

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So why pay for scented pinecones, when I can make my own?  So I went into the woods and found a nice selection of them and made my own baskets of scented pinecones!

For this project I used:

Pinecones
Essential Oil- Cinnamon
A spray bottle
Cinnamon Sticks
Basket
Assorted Ornaments

 

Once you have chosen your pinecones, you would need to wash them in the sink and then place them on a cookie sheet and put them in a 200 degree oven for an hour.  This not only cleans them up, but dries them out  and opens them up completely.  Be sure to keep a close eye on them while in the oven for safety.

Then add your essential oil to a spray bottle and spray the pinecones thoroughly.  (You can find essential oils at most craft stores.  They are relatively inexpensive and come in all sorts of scents!)

Place your pinecones inside ziplock bags and let them sit for 24 hours.  Then pull them out and allow them to air dry.  They will smell wonderful!

Pinecones make wonderful decorations and centerpieces for the holidays.  I like to pile them into a basket, and add an assortment of ornaments and cinnnamon sticks for a festive look.  A simple, inexpensive centerpiece that will make your room smell like the holidays.

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1 WatchinIt November 29, 2012 at 9:51 am

Could you recommend a specific source for the cinnamon scented oil? I’ve tried several different makers of cinnamon essential oils, commercially available scents, and candle scents but none have provided the long, lasting scent that the store-bought cones have. IMO it’s not worth doing if the home-made cones don’t provide scent as strong as the store-bought ones.

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2 Suzy November 29, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hi,

A good source of essential oils is Save On Crafts http://www.save-on-crafts.com/fragrancesoils.html. However, I purchased mine at the local craft store. The longer you leave them in the plastic bags, and more oil you add, the longer the scent. You can always re-spritz them when the scent fades. Even the store bought ones scent fades after a few weeks. The advantage of making your own is an unlimited supply of pinecones, however, if you prefer to just buy them, that is entirely up to you.

Suzy

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3 WatchinIt November 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

Suzy,

Thank you for the recommendation! I will try it. I feel silly buying pine cones when they are all over my property :-

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4 mary November 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

been looking for this have friends that has fire place would look good sit there by it

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5 Shelly October 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I too tried this and my pine cones were already very open and full and when I washed and dried them they closed up really tight. It took several days for them to open again. Also, I tried spraying the cones and the drops, placed them in zip lock bags and mine did not have near the smell the ones in the stores do, some bags hardly smelled at all. Could it be the essential oil I used? Thank you.

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6 Rhonda October 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

When I washed my pinecones and let them sit for a bit they closed up….I put them in the oven at 200 f. for an hour but they didn’t open up. Some of them opened about halfway, is that normal? Do they open up eventually after they have been out of the oven? Thank You!

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7 Becolorful December 2, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Such a great idea and a project that you could do with the kids. Thanks for linking this up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

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8 Vicky December 2, 2011 at 3:47 am

I recently inherited a bunch of pine cones and now I know what to do with them. I have stumbled this post. I am a new FB follower visiting from What Allie's Making. Vicky from Mess For Less

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9 Mandy December 2, 2011 at 2:29 am

I will be featuring your Scented Pinecone Tutorial that you linked up last week to Christmas Craft Tutorial at Project Queen.

Thank you so much for sharing.

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10 creativejewishmom/sara December 1, 2011 at 10:14 pm

would love to do this too! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! Hope to see you back again the first sunday in January after the party resumes from it's holiday break (all of December!) Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy all the crafting still left to do!

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11 aseedinspired.com November 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I had no. Idea it would be so easy.
T

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12 Katie November 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I'm loving this idea!!!

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13 Lisa M November 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Oh you've put me in a totally festive mood! Truly a wonderful project for the holidays. Thank you for the fantastic tutorial as well. :)

Thank you for linking with us at Make It Monday!
Lisa xx

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14 LibbiesHome November 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

Love knowing that there is a way to make these on my own! Thanks for much for sharing this tutorial. I found you over at Kindra's Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays.

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15 Sally November 29, 2011 at 7:40 am

I love this idea. Cinnamon is a scent of the holidays. We too have lots of free pine cones and this would be fun to do. Thanks for sharing.

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16 Sherryn November 29, 2011 at 7:18 am

This is a great project. The fragrances I imagine would be just perfect. caught my eye on MIM xx

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17 Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It November 29, 2011 at 5:17 am

This is great to know! I always love the smell/look of the cinnamon pine cones, but cinnamon mixed with some vanilla would be heavenly. Thanks, I'll try this very soon.

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18 Kassi @ Truly Lovely November 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I've always loved the yummy smelling pine cones you can pick up at the grocery! Thanks for sharing this idea to make your own! AND thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays! :) Especially during a busy Holiday weekend!!!

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19 Gayle Page-Robak November 28, 2011 at 12:44 am

Such a beautiful Holiday Potpourri…love it. I love scenting my own pinecones as well and really love the bowl you have created. So gorgeous! I have joined your followers list and would love to have you to join me as well. Hugs, Gayle
http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

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20 Kerryanne English November 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I bet these smeall great Suzy.

I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com/2011/11/inspiration-friday.html

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21 Sherry November 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I never heard of this before, I love the smell of cones, I definitely have to give this a try. I'm a new follower, please drop by when you have the chance.

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22 BKWilliams November 27, 2011 at 5:38 am

Great idea. Thank you for the instructions.

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23 Jenn November 27, 2011 at 3:51 am

This is a genius idea. I love the smell of those pine cones in the store too! I never knew I could just make my own. I am going to give this a try and I just stumbled it!!! You should come and enter my Vanilla Bean Paste giveaway! http://eatcakefordinner.blogspot.com/2011/11/vanilla-bean-paste-giveaway.html

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24 Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop November 26, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Thought I would come back and tell you I baked mine today and they are cureing in the the bag now. I can hardly wait to bring them in and have that fresh cinnamon smell all through my house.

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25 Andrea @Oasis Accents November 26, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for the wonderful tips! I have some cones that were all ready scented but the scent has faded. Now I can refresh them. Would love for you to come share this at Sunday's Best tomorrow at 5pm eastern. =)

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26 Tracy Suzanne November 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hi Suzy. Like Lisa I live in FL too, where there is no shortage of pine trees. I never knew about drying them in the oven to open them up. Great tip and I love the scented ones too. Thanks for posting this.

Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

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27 Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop November 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Oh I love this. I'm going out on a search today!! I live in FL and we have plenty of Pine Trees too!

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28 VEE September 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

HI SO DO I SPRAY AFTER THAY HAVE BEEN WASHED AND THEN DRYED OR WHEN THAY HAVE BEEN WASHED BEFOR THAY COOK I WOULD THINK AFTER THAY HAVE BEEN WASHED AND COOKED BUT JUST WONDERING MINE WAS ONLY STRONG FOR A FEW DAYS I WASHED THEM THEN LET THEM DRY THEN SPRAYED THEM WHILE THAT WERE WARM THEN PUT THEM IN A BAG FOR 24 HOURS THEN IN A BASKET HUMM MAYBE I DIDN’T SPRAY THEM ENOUGH NOT SURE BUT I THOUGH I SOAKED THEM PRETTY GOOD I DID LOVE THE SMELL while it lasted and also found i could not get all the pitch off but thay cleaned up pretty good is there a way to get the pitch off better HELP

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29 Suzy September 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Hi!

You should spray them after they have dryed. The scent will always go away after a while, but you can make it last longer by keeping them in the bag for as long as a week before you display them. You can also respritz them on occasion while they are displayed. Regarding leftover pitch, the only solution I have to that is to keep them in the oven a bit longer.

Hope that helps!

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