How to Make Cinnamon-Scented Pinecones


Cinnamon-scented pine cones can be purchased at craft stores for around $10, but you can make them at home for just a fraction of the cost. Go pine cone gathering in your neighborhood and bring home as many as you want. Start this project well in advance of when you need them because it takes between four and six weeks for the pine cones to properly infuse the cinnamon scent.

There are several easy methods for creating homemade cinnamon-scented pine cones.
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Things You'll Need

  • Pine cones
  • Aluminum foil (optional)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Resealable plastic bags (large)
  • Cinnamon essential oil
  • Spray bottle
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Step 1

Use an old cookie sheet or place aluminum foil on a cookie sheet that you use often. Place as many pine cones on the cookie sheet that will fit in a single layer. Put the cookie sheet on the middle rack in a preheated 200 degree oven for about an hour. The pine cones should open up during this time, if they are still tightly closed. This cooking process also kills any bugs and other bacteria that may be living in the pine cones. Let them completely cool.

Use an old cookie sheet for the job because sap on pine cones will also melt in the oven.
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Step 2

Place the cooled pine cones in a large resealable plastic bag. Make sure there is enough room to securely close the bag.

Make sure pine cones are cool so they won't melt the bag.
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Step 3

Put a few drops of the essential oil and just a bit of water in the spray bottle, shake and then generously spray the pine cones. Close the bag and shake it to mix the oil with the pine cones. Open the bag and spray again, once more closing and shaking the bag.

Buy essential oils at a health food or craft store.
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Step 4

Leave the bag tightly closed for four to six weeks to infuse the pine cones with the scent. Shake the bag every week or so to distribute the oil scent.

Shake gently so the edges of the pine cone remain in tact.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Add cinnamon sticks or whole cloves to the bag to add additional scent.
  • Take care not to burn the pine cones in the oven.


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