How to Make Dipped Fragrant Pine Cones

Scented pine cones can brighten your home during the holidays.
Scented pine cones can brighten your home during the holidays. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Making your own dipped pine cones that are scented with your favorite fragrance is an excellent way to decorate your home for fall or the holiday season. You can make an inexpensive centerpiece of fragrant pine cones for your table or a grouping for your fireplace mantel that will make your whole house smell wonderful.

Things You'll Need

  • Pine cones
  • Paraffin wax
  • Fragrance oil
  • Glitter
  • Gold or silver paint (optional)
  • Wax paper
  • Metal or plastic container

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Place two sheets of wax paper in the middle of your work space.

Paint pine cones with silver or gold paint, if desired, and allow to dry. They are ready to dip when dry.

Heat paraffin in a double boiler or in the microwave at 50 percent power. Heat until completely melted, stirring with a spoon frequently. Remove from heat when melted.

Add the fragrance oil. Use 1/2 ounce of fragrance oil for each pound of paraffin. Stir until the mixture is blended completely. Allow to cool approximately 5 minutes before dipping the pine cones.

Hold the pine cone by the base and dip it into the paraffin mixture. Roll the pine cone around to make sure it is well-coated. Remove the pine cone. Hold it over the paraffin mixture until it has stopped dripping.

Place the pine cone on waxed paper to dry. Sprinkle with glitter, if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place pine cones in zip lock bags sealed to store them until you are ready to use them. This keeps the fragrance strong and fresh smelling.
  • Fragrance oils can be purchased at soap suppliers and at most hobby stores.
  • Perfumes can be substituted for fragrance oils if desired.
  • Essential oils can be substituted for fragrance oils if desired.
  • Store unused paraffin in a coffee container or disposable plastic container with a lid to use for dipping later.
  • Use precautions such as a kitchen utensil to remove the pine cones from the paraffin.


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