How to Season Pinecones With Cinnamon & Spices

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Scented pine cones make an excellent holiday gift.
Scented pine cones make an excellent holiday gift. (Image: christmas pine cones image by William Berry from Fotolia.com)

During the fall and winter months, nothing elicits fond memories like the warming scents of cinnamon and spices. During these months grocery and craft stores often sell pine cones scented with these favored fragrances. Store-bought scented pine cones are often expensive and only found during the holiday season. You can easily make your own scented pine cones at home using ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. Scented pine cones make nice decorations and gifts. When making your own you can make enough to last throughout the year.

Things You'll Need

  • Pine cones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking sheet
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed cloves
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Gallon size plastic zipper bag
  • White glue
  • Craft paintbrush

Making Scented Pine Cones

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pine cones on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes to rid them of any bugs or bacteria.

Baking pine cones in the oven kills germs, bugs and bacteria.
Baking pine cones in the oven kills germs, bugs and bacteria. (Image: green kitchen image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Remove the pine cones from the oven and set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes. While pine cones are cooling, you will create the spice mixture you will use to scent the pine cones.

In a medium mixing bowl, mix the ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Crush cloves so they are finer and easier to work with. Add 4 to 6 drops of cinnamon oil to help the fragrance last longer. Pour the spice mixture into a gallon-size plastic Ziploc bag.

Common household spices create the fragrance for scented pine cones.
Common household spices create the fragrance for scented pine cones. (Image: cinnamon image by bluefern from Fotolia.com)

Using a small craft paintbrush, lightly coat the edges of each pine cone with white glue. Put each pine cone into the plastic bag. Close the bag and begin to shake so each pine cone is evenly coated with spices.

A small craft paintbrush will allow you to get glue into the hard-to-reach places of the pine cone.
A small craft paintbrush will allow you to get glue into the hard-to-reach places of the pine cone. (Image: paintbrush #3 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com)

Gently knock the excess spices off each pine cone. Set pine cones back on the cookie sheet to dry.

Place scented pine cones in glass dishes or baskets as a decoration. Scented pine cones make fragrant centerpieces or holiday gifts.

You can decorate scented pine cones to make holiday gifts.
You can decorate scented pine cones to make holiday gifts. (Image: pine cones and bows image by leafy from Fotolia.com)

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add glitter to the spice mixture to help decorate the pine cones as you scent them. Once pine cones are scented and dry, you can glue on bells and tie on ribbons.
  • Make sure each pine cone has fully dried before moving or transporting them to make sure spices don't fall off.

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