One of my favorite holiday decor items are simply… pinecones. They can be used interchangeably for fall and winter with just a few adjustments to reflect the season. I love to make scented pinecones to create a feast for the nose as well as the eyes and create that welcoming home scent throughout the holidays! Check out this tutorial to find out how to easily make your own DIY Scented Pinecones!
You may be lucky enough to find pinecones in your yard or elsewhere locally for free. If not you can grab a bag at the craft store or Walmart pretty inexpensively. I have been using the same pinecones for years, I just pack them up with my holiday decor and pull them back out. Unfortunately, they lost their scent a long time ago. Hence the need for my DIY scented pinecones!
DIY Scented Pinecones
1/2 cup water (distilled water is best, but tap water is fine too)
10 drops cinnamon essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
A spray bottle
Gallon zip top storage bags
Cleaning Your Pinecones
If you gathered your pinecones outdoors you will want to clean them well first. If you are scenting pinecones bought from the store you can skip this process, it has already been done for you.
1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
2. Fill a tub with water and a little dishwashing liquid.
3. Rinse the pinecones in the tub, then drain well. This will cause the pine cones to close up but they will open back up in the next step.
4. Spread parchment paper or aluminum foil on a baking sheet and spread out your pinecones. Bake at 200 degrees for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. As your pinecones dry they will begin to open back up. This process will get rid of the sap that might be in the cones, and remove any tiny bugs that you probably don’t want frolicking around the house! Let the pinecones cool before you continue.
Scenting Your Pinecones
2. Fill a gallon zip top bag ⅓ full with pinecones, then spritz well with your DIY spray.Fill bag to ⅔ full and spray again. Finally, fill bag to the top, and spray this layer. Be sure to leave enough room to seal the bag.
3. Seal up your bag and allow the pinecones to sit for at least 3 days to fully absorb the scents. A full 1-2 weeks would be ideal, but if you’re impatient like me, 3 days is fine. To see if your pinecones need more time, after the first 3 days you can take one out and give it a sniff. If it doesn’t smell strongly enough, put it back and let the pinecones sit longer.
4. Remove pinecones from the bag and add to a pretty container. Then they’re ready to be used and enjoyed!
Mix your DIY scented pinecones with mini pumpkins and leaves for a pretty fall season display. And for Christmas, consider mixing them with small ball ornaments, cinnamon sticks, and clear lights.