While scented pine cones might seem like a non-essential during a No-Spend Month. That is unless you’re really craving that spicy cinnamon scent, holiday aroma at home, in which case nothing else is quite as cozy.
Sure, you could purchase pre-scented pine cones at your local craft store or mass market chain (for around $7.00 per bag), but making your own costs pennies on the dollar, allows for a more minimal, zero-waste product, and lets you put together just the right scent for your home. Plus, you’ll get the pleasure of having taken a quaint little walk through nature as you gather up pine cones this fall season!
And the best part? This project takes so little time to pull together. Here’s how to make it:
24 Pine cones (per batch)
Essential oils (cinnamon, clove, frankincense, citrus, spearmint—whatever you like best!)
1 Gallon Plastic Storage Bag
- Take a walk in nature and procure at least 2 dozen pine cones.
- After your lovely walk foraging through the woods for pine cones (or in my case an adventurous trip to my front yard), you’ll need to remove any debris or critters that might be hiding inside. The easiest way to do this is to fill up the sink and soak your pine cones. As pine cones float, so you’ll need to place a plate or something weighted over the pine cones so they’ll sink back beneath the water. Soak for 1 hour.
- Lay the pine cones out on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 200º oven for 30 minutes. This will help the cones open up and will kill off any gross stuff that may have made it through the bathing process. Be sure to cool your pine cones for 1 hour on a wire cooling rack. Once the pine cones have cooled completely, transfer them to a gallon zip lock bag.
5. Now, the fun part— the essential oils! Create a blend of essential oils that is most fitting to your home. Keep in mind, you will need a combination of 60 drops of essential oil, no matter which blends you use. I used 20 drops each cinnamon oil, frankincense oil, and clove oil for a very festive scent. Once you’ve made your scent mix, pour the blend over your bagged pine cones, then seal up your bag and give it a good shake. Make sure all of your pine cones are covered equally. Place your bag somewhere in your home where it won’t be disturbed for 1 week so that the pine cones can soak up all that essential oil goodness. Keep in mind, the longer you let the pine cones sit, the stronger the smell, so if you can wait 2 weeks—even better!
So, that’s it! How simple was that? I like to keep several bowls full of pine cones throughout my home each holiday season for a rustic, minimalist flair. I especially love placing bowls of pine cones in my kitchen, on my pie safe as they fill the whole room with a fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon scent!
I hope you all will give them a try this season! Now, tell me, have you already made holiday scented pine cones at home or do you have a really great DIY project or tutorial that you want to share with others? Let me know below!
Here’s to the holidays,