Gather your own pinecones to make holiday decorations, pinecone wreaths, ornaments and centerpieces. It’s an environmentally friendly way to decorate and it's easy on the wallet. Fall is a good time to get outside and pick up fallen cones under pine trees. Unfortunately, most of the cones that you find are closed. If you don’t want to wait for the cones to dry out and open up on their own accord, check out the following tips and get a head start on holiday crafts.
Things You'll Need
- Old newspapers
- Aluminum foil
- Old cookie sheet
- Kitchen oven
- Work gloves
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Place pinecones on old newspapers. Brush off pine needles and other debris from the cones. Wear gloves to protect your hands from getting covered in sap. Leave the sap on the cones, as the heat will melt it into a glossy brown glaze.
Line an old cookie sheet with aluminum foil. The foil will prevent the sap from sticking to the cookie sheet.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
Spread the pinecones on the cookie sheet in a single layer. Make sure that they are not touching each other.
Place the cookie sheet of cones in the heated oven. The heat will remove the moisture that keeps the pinecones closed, and force them to open.
Keep your eyes on the cones, turn then often so they won't burn. The sap on the pinecones will melt and turn into a glaze.
Remove the cones once they are fully opened. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet. Repeat this process for more batches of pinecones.