Easy Scented Pinecones

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It is super easy to make your own scented pinecones for fall and the holiday season.  Here are 4 different ways to make them and you can pick the one that works best for you…

Option #1 – Essential Oil Spray Technique

Mix a few drops of essential oil in a scent of your choice (I’m using cinnamon)  in a spray bottle with water – the more drops the stronger the smell.

Place the pinecones in a plastic bag, spray it with the water essential oil mixture and seal the bag.  Let the bag sit over night and your pinecones are ready.

Option 2 – Essential Oil Only Technique

Place pinecones in a bag, put several drops of essential oil of your choice in your bag, and seal it closed.

Let the bag sit for a week and they’re ready to use.

Option #3 – Spray Adhesive and Cinnamon (or seasoning mixture of your choice) Technique

You can spray your pinecones with spray adhesive and place them in the bag or you can spray the pinecones inside the bag with the adhesive spray.  Either way please do this step outside where there is proper ventilation.

Next sprinkle cinnamon or your desired seasoning mixture into the bag onto the pinecones.

Gently shake the bag so the seasonings attach to the pinecones.  Spread the pinecones out to dry, and once they are dry they are ready to use.

Option #4 – Glue and Cinnamon (or seasonings of your choice) Technique

Use Mod Podge and paint the it onto the pinecone.

Place the pinecones in a plastic bag, and sprinkle the pinecones with cinnamon or desired seasoning.

Gently shake the bag to distribute the cinnamon over the glued pinecones.

Spread the pinecones out and let the glue dry completely.  Once they are dry, they are ready to use.

Once you have done of the above techniques – place your pinecones somewhere for you to enjoy the wonderful smell or create something wonderful with them.

I love fall and the smell of cinnamon and pumpkin spice this time of year.

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  1. I’ve never thought about adding scent to my pinecones. I will have to give it a try. Cinnamon would be perfect for the Fall and holiday season. Stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty linkup.

  2. JaneEllen says:

    One nice thing about walking into the craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joanns’ this time of year is smelling the cinnamon pine cones, when I walk out of there that smell is with me for days it seems. Will be nice to make my own cinnamon pine cones. Believe it or not when I cave and buy some already seasoned at store the fragrance stays in them while being stored, not as strongly but lingers. Actually prefer lighter cinnamon scent.
    Will wait til I see how many scented pine cones already have before I make more. Don’t put out Fall decorations for couple weeks yet altho am chomping at the bit to do so. Hubs requests a later arrival of Fall decorations.
    This was great post along with pumpkin spice muffins.
    Have wonderful week

    1. Thank you – you are so kind. I also LOVE that smell of the cinnamon pinecones in the craft stores this time of year. Just sets the mood doesn’t it? Love the storage tip on carrying the smell on. Nothing beats opening that box for the season to pull some items out and the smell hits you putting a smile on your face.

  3. JaneEllen says:

    Your mantel is gorgeous

  4. Carol Cox says:

    cute and easy…my favorite kind of crafting. I’d bet some glitter along with the scent would work. what can I say? I love glitter. i will be making these with the grandkids, gives them something to do that does not involve electronics! thank you!

    1. Thank you so much Carol. Love the glitter idea and I love that you want to make these with the grand kids – what a special memory. (I totally agree about the electronics – we deal with that in our home too.)

  5. Thanks for posting all of these idea. I have a shopping bag packed with pine cones that fell earlier this year. I love these ideas. I sometimes just turn on my oven a sprinkle in a little cinnamon, just for the scent. This will work so much better!

    1. Thank you Linda and I love that you have a bag of pine cones waiting for a project like this – me too πŸ™‚

  6. We have pine cones falling from our pine trees in the front yard, so I can’t wait to grab a bag full and try some of your ideas. Is there one of these ways that you feel best makes the cinnamon aroma stick around the longest? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Melanie and I’m so excited you want to give it a try too. I would say that the essential oil is the strongest and stays the longest. I have been known when the season is done to put some of these in my boxes of fall stuff. It’s such a fun surprise to open it next season to this wonderful smell.

  7. So which way do you like the best, and why? I think this is such a cost effective way to have scented pinecones. I’m so glad that I clicked over from DIY Dreamer : ). And I have pinecones already that I can use! Thank you!

    1. Thank you and I’m so glad you want to give it a try. So I like the essential oil one best because it lasts longer, however with that being said it can be too strong for some in the beginning. For those people then I recommend the cinnamon. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Such a cute idea, fast and easy to do and even a great way to redo the scent on your cones from year to year or make it a fun thing with the kids by gathering them up outdoors first πŸ™‚

    Found you on the blog hop.. looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. Thank you so much, thanks for stopping by and joining our community πŸ™‚

  9. Great tips! I love scented pine-cones but hate paying for them because they are ridiculously expensive! I’ve always heard you should bake them prior, bagged or fresh because of the bugs – do you not?

    1. Thank you Ariana, I usually put them in a sealed Ziploc for 24 hours before using. You can bake them as well.

  10. Great idea! I’ve got tons of spray glue (I quilt) and I never would have thought to use it like this!

    1. Thank you so much Darcy – love that you quilt πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you and I love that you want to try it too.

  11. Luv this idea! Thanks for sharing I am sure we will put these ideas to use soon. πŸ™‚
    Found this site from the Simple Homestead Blog Hop
    Tru from http://WWW.CANCHASIN.COM

    1. Thank you so much and I’m excited you want to give this a try too πŸ™‚

  12. What a lovely idea. I’ve never added scent to pinecones, have bleached them to change colours. I’m visiting from Handmade Monday

    1. Thank you so much Linda, and I love that you have bleached and changed the color of yours.

  13. Hi Chas
    I have used essential oils to scent natural things before but I was totally digging the mod podge method. Can’t wait to try it. Sharing on Coastal Bohemian on FB for my clients to use.

    1. Thank you so much Michele, and thank you for sharing with your FB clients πŸ™‚

  14. Cinnamon pinecones are the nicest part of craft shopping this time of year. My nose always takes me that direction. I have some at home and this is a great way to add scent to them again. Going to look for cinnamon essential oils, that stuff must be amazing!

    1. Thank you so much Leanna and I totally agree – love walking into that smell in the stores this time of year. I’m so excited you want to give it a try πŸ™‚

  15. Mother of 3 says:

    Oh great idea! I just love cinnamon scented pinecones but never thought of making my own. Pinned.

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for the Pin πŸ™‚

  16. So many ideas! Did you have a favourite, one that held it scent longer or you felt worked better? I’d love to add some scent to our pinecones, it sounds fun!

    1. Thank you Julie, and the one that holds the strongest scent and lasts the longest is the essential oil. I like to put those in my “fall box” after the season, and when I open it up the following year it’s such a pleasant surprise opening that smell.

  17. It ca be so expensive to buy scented pinecones, so I love this idea, Chas! Thank you for sharing this wonderful tutorial with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. Thank you so much April and thanks for a wonderful party.

  18. What a great idea for making the house smell great. And so easy to do too!!

    1. Thanks MaAnna, one of my favorite things to do is to put these in my fall box when the season is done. Then when next season comes and I open the box, it smells fantastic and gets me right in the fall mood.

  19. What a lovely idea. I love pine cones in Autumn. I never thought of making them scented before. Thanks for sharing at #CreativeMondays.

    1. Thank you so much Claire, and I love how easy they are to make. See you next Monday πŸ™‚

  20. Pine cones are essential to Fall decor. Love your trick for adding fragrance. Congratulations, this post is being Featured at the Merry Monday party beginning Sunday evening. Sharing on social media.

    1. Thank you so much Shirley, and thanks so much for the feature and for hosting a great party.

  21. I love that you can make these yourself! Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing how!

    1. Thank you so much Christine, and I’m so glad you like them too πŸ™‚

  22. Since the pine cones come from outside on the ground, should the pine cones not be placed in a low heat owen to kill any critters?

    1. Hi Vicki, that is a great question. If you’re worried about critters you can definitely back them at a low temperature. Also if you leave the pine cones in a sealed bag for awhile, that can also kill the bugs off.

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