Don’t you just love all the scents of the holiday season? These easy DIY scented pinecones can fill your home with your favorite scents of the season!
I love when fall rolls around every year and the grocery store starts stocking those cinnamon scented broomsticks. It always smells amazing when you first enter the store, although I don’t think I’ve ever actually purchased one…
A few weeks ago, I needed to run into Joann’s for something, and they had a display of scented pinecones just inside the entrance. I was thoroughly enjoying the scent of cinnamon as I grabbed my cart, and then it hit me – I bet I could make these myself!
I love pinecone crafts and using pinecones in my holiday decor. There’s something so nice about the natural, outdoorsy look of pinecones in the winter.
At our old house, our next door neighbor had pine trees near the fence line that would always drop a bunch of pinecones in our backyard. I liked to collect them for crafts, and still have a couple of bags that I hoarded before we moved. They have just been waiting for a good craft, and I’m so glad I was able to put some of them to good use.
These were so incredibly easy, you won’t believe it. I’ll definitely be doing this year after year, now that I know how simple it is.
Also, it’s the first Sunday of the month, which means it is time for our monthly blog hop! I am teaming up with some friends to bring you even more inspiration. This month’s theme was Easy DIY. So, be sure to check out all of the other “easy DIYs” at the bottom of this post.
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Things You’ll Need for Easy DIY Scented Pinecones
- Pinecones, of course! As I said, I had a bunch of pinecones on hand that I had collected from our old backyard 😀 You can also buy pinecones on Amazon or at the craft store. For this project, I used a mix of both.
- Essential oils. Feel free to use your favorite scents or combination of scents. Also, I wouldn’t be too worried about having the highest quality oil, since this is not going on your skin. Whatever you have on hand, or have access to, will be just fine.
- Spray bottle. You will need a small(ish) spray bottle for coating the pinecones.
- Airtight bag or container. The pinecones need to be stored in an airtight container for a period of 2-3 weeks. I used gallon ziplocs, as I did fairly small batches. If you are wanting to do a large batch, you will need some type of large airtight bucket, such as a 5-gallon container.
Easy DIY Scented Pinecones
Step 1 – Prepare the Pinecones
If you have purchased your pinecones, then you can skip right over this step onto the next one. If you have collected your pinecones from the great outdoors, however, you will want to prepare them first.
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Arranged the pinecones on a baking sheet, and bake for about 30-40 minutes. This will help them open up, as well as take care of any little teeny bugs that may still be around. If they are not fully opened after 30-40 minutes, give them some more time. Just keep an eye on them, and pull them when they are nice and open. The oven is at such low heat, they can be in there for up to two hours without any problem.
Step 2 – Fill Your Spray Bottle
I did two different small batches of pinecones. For the first batch, I used eucalyptus and lavender, and for the second, I used peppermint. These were some of the oils that I happened to have on hand at the time.
Drop 20-30 drops of essential oil into your spray bottle. Then, put a small amount of water in the spray bottle (2-3 tbsp.) and shake.
Step 3 – Spray the Pinecones
Next, place the pinecones in your airtight container, whether that is a ziploc bag or some type of bucket. Spray the pinecones generously. You want them to be well coated, but not overly saturated. You may need to shake them up a bit, and shuffle them around some to make sure they are all sprayed.
The sides of the bag will have droplets on it, but liquid should not be puddling in the bottom of the bag.
Step 4 – Seal and Repeat
Once the pinecones are well coated. Seal the bag/container, and let it sit for about a week. Then, repeat step 3, in order to make sure they are well scented, and leave them sealed for another week.
Step 5 – Display and Enjoy
After two weeks, they should be ready to display. If you feel that the scent is still not strong enough, repeat step 3 until you are satisfied with the scent.
If the smell starts to fade, just spray them again, in order to freshen up the scent. Then, save them for next year!
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