Make Scented Pine Cones With Essential Oils

Dried collection of pine cones, cinnamon sticks and eucalyptus leaves
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Pine cones are a wonderful conical and rounded woody fruit of a pine tree. Its gorgeous scales open to release seeds, and many squirrels, woodpeckers, and crossbills eat them. Pine cones are often thought of in relation to Christmas and winter holidays, and is used in arts and crafts as miniature Christmas trees, hedge-hog tree ornaments, and other festive projects.

Pine cones are most often used as a playful way to incorporate a Christmas scent, like that of cinnamon and peppermint. There's no better way to get that pine fragrance than from a fresh, real pine cone itself, but if you're out of luck, or your pine cone is losing that pine-like smell, you can always make your own scented pinecones at home.

Make Scented Pine Cones With Essential Oils

Scented pine cones add a wonderful fragrance to the home, especially during the winter months. While cinnamon is a popular choice, you can use any kind of essential oil to bring out the aroma you're looking for. It's recommended to spend about a week on this process, as the longer you stretch out the time, the stronger your scent will be.

Before you get started, gather materials like your pine cones, a cookie sheet, foil, and essential oils. Depending on the methodology you choose, you may need a plastic resealable bag and a spray bottle. 

Then, you want to clean the pine cones. If you collected the pine cones yourself, cleaning them will make sure that you won't have trouble with insects or sap. Simply wash them in the sink and then place on a foil-covered cookie sheet. Once they're ready to go, you can bake them for about one hour at 200°F, keeping an eye on the oven for safety.

Select an Essential Oil

Next, you want to choose your essential oil. By far, the most common choice for scented pine cones is cinnamon. However, you can use any essential oil you like, or even mix some together. Make sure to smell the essential oils ahead of time to make sure they are potent, as some brands may not be as strong as desired. You can consider fruits and herbs like:

  • Cinnamon
  • Apple
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Nutmeg
  • Pine

Spraying and Shaking

There are two methods for getting your essential oil to last on your pine cone. The first method is spraying. To do so, place water in a spray bottle and add several drops of essential oil. Then, spray the cones and seal in a plastic bag for 24 hours. When the time is up, remove the pine cone and let it air dry.

The second method is to shake it in a bag. Add pine cones to a resealable plastic bag, and then sprinkle drops of essential oils on the cones. Simply seal the bag and begin to shake. Leave everything in the bag for at least one week to really capture the fragrance. In fact, when you're not using your pine cones, you can keep them in the same resealable bag indefinitely to allow the scent to last.

While these two methods are recommended, you can always get creative and make scented pine cones with some glue and spices as well.