Do you love it when the stores start selling the scented pine-cones this time of year? I grew up with that scent of cinnamon. My mom had cinnamon scented things all through the house & the smell lasted a long time. I loved it & now I like to have them in my home too. But now I don’t have to wait for this time of year & I don’t have to pay up to $10 for a small bag of them. I live in north Idaho – pine-cones are everywhere up here. I find it ridiculous to pay for them just because they are coated with cinnamon scent. So I decided to do my own DIY Scented Pine Cones. It was super simple & smell just the same. You can make some too.
First – Collect your pine cones. I like to give them a good spray with the hose to rinse off any dirt & whatever that might be on them if I collected them from the yard. Some people say to bake them to get them to open up. As a wife to a fire chief – I highly discourage this. Pine cones are great fire starters & effective kindling. I do not recommend putting them into a hot oven as any hidden pitch could become combustible & cause a problem.
– Make sure they are dry – then place them in a large zip top bag.
– Using a small spray bottle (mine was 2 ounces) Fill 1 ounce Cinnamon scented oil & 1 ounce water
– Spray the pine cones – in the bag – until they are quite wet with your oil mixture.
– Close the bag & give a good shake to help disburse the liquid.
– Open & re-spray – close & shake again.
– Keep the bag closed & set aside for a couple weeks to allow the pine cones to soak it all in.
– After that they are ready to be displayed in your home & let all that wonderful cinnamon scent be enjoyed.
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I love this idea. I didn’t realize I could make my own. One question–sometimes I like to spray paint pinecones gold or silver for the holidays. Do you think I could apply paint on top of the scent or would that make the cinnamon smell disappear?
Gina Kleinworth says
I’m so excited that you want to make some Jennifer. I think the paint would cover the scent because it would cover the oil that you are soaking into the cone. I’ll have to think of a way that we could make that work – Maybe leave a couple unpainted ones underneath the display of painted ones. So they are not seen but you can still smell them.
I’m going to do this! Love it!
That’s a good idea. If I paint them again, I’ll leave a few bare underneath. Thanks for the suggestion. I just love your website, great ideas, great design and color scheme!
What a wonderful idea! I just spent way too much $$$$ on candles!
I would have never thought of this. Great idea and way to spice up the home.
Great idea! I love the scent at Trader Joe’s this year when they sell them!
Jenni @ The Common Creative says
mmm. I always love those cinnamon scented pinecones. Every time I walk into a craft store during the holidays I’m tempted to buy more!
Great simple idea. Stopping over from weekend retreat linky party. Have a great weekend.
I AM SO THRILLED TO FIND THIS BLOG TODAY. THANK YOU, BUNCHES. PLAN TO TRY THIS SOON.
KEEP UP THE EXCELLANT WORK, GIRL!
Love the smell of cinnamon! I know your house is smelling wonderfully with these pine cones around. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday. Hope to see you there again this week!
Heather Sharp writing as Cornish Piskey says
I just spray the tips, or dip them in gluey glitter thus maintaining the scent.
Gina Kleinworth says
The whole pine cone needs to be soaked with the cinnamon oil spray & allowed to sit in the bag for a while for it to soak in properly. I haven’t made a reference to glitter in the post but if you would like to add some I suppose you could sprinkle it onto the pinecones while they are wet from the cinnamon oil. Or you could spritz them with a spray adhesive after they have soaked in all of the scented oil & sprinkle the glitter on then.
I’m looking for a DIY way to introduce the scent of Balsam Fir into our home at Christmastime. Do you think this pine-cone recipe would work with Balsam Fir essential oil?
Gina Kleinworth says
Possibly – I haven’t tried another scent – but I would think that it would work the same.
JoAnne T. Wilson says
love the scent —- going to try. Like the little glitter idea. Mix and match. thank you.
I tried making few of scented pine cones and I added some sparkling fairy on their end after applying some glue. It took some time. But then I thought of another idea. I took some unscented water based glue, diluted it with water and added concentrated oil in it , and sprayed this mix on pine cones. Rest of the process remained same. However after third round of spray add sparkle of your choice. Keep them in bag for 5-7 days but ensure that pines are not piled up on each other. This will prevent them from glueing together. Hope it will help!