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DIY Scented Pine Cones

I don’t know about you, but there is one thing about this time of year that I love.

One thing that, as the second I walk into a store and smell them, I can’t help but smile cause I know Christmas is on its merry way. . . . Cinnamon pine cones. 

I’m a serious lover of all things cinnamon, especially these bad boys. In fact, come for a visit and you’ll likely find some tucked into a basket all year long, not just during the holidays. 

But let’s face it, it seems like every year the price goes up. And for something I can gather up in the yard. 

Which brings us to this post, DIY-ing scented pine cones. 

DIY Scented Pine Cones

The best part of this, other than the fact that it’s a lot cheaper, is that if you’re not like me and aren’t too crazy about cinnamon-y scents then you can customize them with any fragrance of your choice. You could have lavender pine cones. Or peppermint. Or how about Elf Sweat?

Supplies Needed:

Pine cones

Essential or Fragrance Oil (just a few drops)

Plastic Bags

Oven

Cookie Sheet

Aluminum Foil

Once, you’ve gathered up all the pine cones you want, it’s a good idea to sanitize them to get rid of any creepy crawlies that might be present. 

Simply place on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake in a 200F degree preheated oven for at least 30 minutes or until they’re fully opened. During this time, keep a close eye on the baking pine cones in case of smoke or fire.

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Luckily, neither of those have ever happened with mine.

Next comes the fun part. After the pine cones have cooled down, place in a plastic bag, add a few drops of the essential oil or fragrance of your choice, seal the bag, and shake to disperse the oil evenly.

Because of my soap making obsession, I have bookoodles of fragrances and essential oils to pick from. One of our most popular fragrances in soaps is Apple Jack Peel (you can purchase AJP from the same supplier I use, here), which is described as an apple scent with notes of cinnamon and cloves. I had just a little bit left in the bottle after making the last batch of Apple Jack Peel soap (currently listed in our Etsy shop), so I used that. 

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Just to be safe (and cause pine cones can be pretty prickly), I double bagged mine. 

Allow the pine cones to remain in the sealed bag for at least 48 hours or longer. Even up to a couple of weeks if you have the patience to wait that long. . . . I didn’t. 

Put them in a pretty basket or bowl and enjoy their wonderful scent!

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Some of mine are in the cute rooster basket I found at a thrift store a while back. 

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