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Scented pine cones - how to make -The Southern Lady CooksScented pine cones are so much fun to make and you can use them all during the holidays in all kinds of flower arrangements, tablescapes, wreaths and decorations.  You can use bought pine cones but if you have a pine tree in your yard that is even better.  You might have a neighbor that would be willing to let you pick up some from their yard or find them in the woods.   Most people like the cinnamon scented ones during the holidays but you can use any scent you like. Scented pine cones make your house smell wonderful.  Children will love helping you with this project, too.

Scented pine cones are a fun project and make great gifts, too.

You will need the following:

Pine Cones, however many you want to do

Baking Sheet

Essential Oil, whatever scent you like


Spray Bottle

Large plastic bag

Wash pine cones off in the sink and place on baking sheet in a preheated 200 degree oven for about an hour.  This dries them out, gets rid of any insects and causes them to open. Be sure to keep watch while in the oven and don’t put too close to heat.  Remove from oven.  Put about a cup of water in the spray bottle and several squirts of oil.  Shake to mix.  Spray the pine cones with the mixture.  If they are hot, let them cool and place in large ziplock bag overnight or up to 24 hours.  Enjoy!

Note:  If you use cinnamon essential oil, you can add some cinnamon sticks along with the oil to the bag for added fragrance.  You can find essential oils at craft stores, some health food stores and even some Walmarts.





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  1. I bought some scented pine cones after Christmas last year. I assume this would work to reactivate the scent? This looks much simpler than some instructions I saw online.

  2. Mildred Trafford says:

    I use my sprayed pine cones as fire starters and with the oils I spray on them it will make your fire give off a very pleasant fragrance … I love clove, cinnamon, fir ….. all these oils remind me of Christmases past …. lemon just gives my room a fresh smell, No matter the oil you choose to spray on them always let them dry before putting them on the fire. My garage is full boxes of pine cones because the park across the street has bunches of pine trees… I always have a basket with me when I walk !!!!

  3. Like this, will try soon!!

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