Homemade Pine Cone Potpourri

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Fresh, fragrant pine cones make a winter potpourri.
Fresh, fragrant pine cones make a winter potpourri. (Image: pine cones christmas tree ornaments image by green308 from Fotolia.com)

Potpourri is both decorative and fragrant and can be used in any room in your home. Ready-made potpourri can be purchased at craft stores but you can make your own potpourri, tailored to your preferences. Homemade pine cone potpourri is simple to make and a craft the entire family can enjoy together. In addition to using it to add fragrance to your own home, potpourri makes a simple homemade gift for last-minute gift-giving needs.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 pine cones
  • Paintbrush
  • School glue
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Wax paper
  • Large plastic zip bag
  • 1 cup pine needles
  • 1 cup dried orange peel
  • 1 cup whole cloves
  • Cinnamon oil
  • Wooden spoon
  • Small baskets or tins

Brush school glue over 12 pine cones using a small paintbrush. Sprinkle ground cinnamon over the outside of the pine cones. Lay them on a piece of wax paper and allow the pine cones to dry overnight.

Cinnamon-scented pine cones provide the basis for your pine cone potpourri.
Cinnamon-scented pine cones provide the basis for your pine cone potpourri. (Image: cinnamon image by Azazirov from Fotolia.com)

Place the dry, cinnamon-scented pine cones in the large plastic container. Add 1 cup each of the pine needles, dried orange peel and whole cloves. Make your own dried orange peel by dehydrating it in the microwave for three minutes on 50 percent power, then allowing it to air-dry for two days.

Add four drops of cinnamon essential oil to the potpourri ingredients in the large plastic container. Stir all ingredients well with a wooden spoon. Cover the plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and let the spices and fragrances blend for two weeks.

A few drops of essential oil go a long way.
A few drops of essential oil go a long way. (Image: medicine dropper image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Place potpourri in small baskets or tins and set one container in each room where you'd like to add fragrance.

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