Do you love the cinnamon scent of the cinnamon pine cones the stores sell? How To Make Pine Cones Smell Like Cinnamon? For many, this is a favorite holiday scent during the winter months. I’m sharing an easy way to make pine cones take on the smell of cinnamon and make your whole home smell like the holiday season. I will also share my favorite ways to display them in your home.
How To Make Pine Cones Smell Like Cinnamon
If you live in an area with pine trees you may be able to take a nature walk and find pine cones. If not you can certainly buy them at your local craft store. Your pine cones might have little bugs in them if you collected them from outside.
You have 2 options for getting rid of them.
- Place the pine cones in a plastic bag, squeeze out most of the excess air, seal it, and leave it for a week.
- Place the pine cones on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees, and bake for 25 minutes.
ESSENTIAL OIL METHOD
The first way to make cinnamon pine cones is to place them in a sealable bag or container of your choice.
Add drops of cinnamon essential oil to the pine cones in the bag.
You can achieve a stronger scent by using more drops of essential oil.
Close the Ziploc bag or container up.
Leave for a minimum of 24 hours and up to 1 week.
The longer you leave it the more of the cinnamon is absorbed and the stronger the scent.
CINNAMON SPICE METHOD
If you prefer to use natural cinnamon I’ll share 3 options with you.
- Spray the pine cone with an adhesive spray and then apply the ground cinnamon.
- Spray on Mod Podge Ultra (a spray adhesive), and then sprinkle the cinnamon.
- Paint on Mod Podge, and then apply the cinnamon.
Let this dry completely.
TIME TO DISPLAY
I placed a battery operated strand of LED lights with a timer at the bottom of this bowl.
The timer works by turning it on at say 4 pm, then it will run for 6-8 hours and auto turn off. The next day the timer will auto turn on at 4 pm.
I placed some of the cinnamon pine cones in the bowl, twisted the LED light strand among the pine cones, and then repeated adding pine cones and twisting the lights.
Here is the completed pine cone display with the lights.
Here’s the display in some dim light.
Here are some other ideas of what you could do with cinnamon pine cones:
- Display them in a vase alone or with the lights or tealight
- Display them in an empty lantern
- Use some twine/jute and create a garland
- Hot glue them to a wreath form for a pine cone wreath
- Add a little twine/jute to the top and create an air freshener or ornament.
I placed my display on my dining room table.
Do you like the table runner? My friend Diane at South House Designs makes them.
I love that I’ll be able to enjoy these for fall and winter. The best part is you can use this same technique to make your house smell like your favorite home fragrance. Try using clove oil, drops of orange fragrance oil, or really any of the pure essential oils. You can change it up depending on the time of year.
A little tip, when the season is done, pack some of these in with your fall/winter decor.
Next year when you open your boxes it will smell lovely.
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Save money from those craft stores and make these yourself.
Other ideas to enjoy this comforting scent include:
- ground your own cinnamon sticks
- If you don’t want to use a ziplock you can use a container or I have done the sprinkling over a cookie sheet
- If you like cinnamon you can make your own cinnamon room spray by placing water in a spray bottle with drops of cinnamon oil. It’s a desired scent you can use in any area of your home with natural ingredients to create that holiday aroma.
Learn more about “Creating Seasonal Decor for Your Home” to create seasonal decor that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.