These DIY scented pinecones are a great, festive way to freshen your air during the colder months. They make a fun little gift idea too!
I kind of just realized last year that the pinecones on our trees next to the house are pretty cute and I’ve been having fun using them for this and that around the house this year and last. They were a key component in both my DIY cotton stems, and my DIY cotton wreath, and now that we’re moving towards the holidays, I’ve decided to gather some up and make my own DIY scented pinecones.
Choosing the Right Pinecone
Really, any pinecone will do for this. Pinecones are obviously quite porous and absorb scent really well. The one important thing is that you need to use dried pinecones so that they’ll be ready for absorption, so fresh-off-the-tree pinecones aren’t ideal.
I think the reason why I never really realized that I’m the owner of cute pinecones is that the ones on our trees don’t look so great (for crafting purposes at least) when they’re on the tree. The key for projects like this is to pick them off the tree, then bring them inside and let them dry out for a week or so. They’ll dry out, open up really nicely, and look great if you just give them a little time to sit.
If you have a tree with pinecones, but you aren’t sure if they’ll work for this or not, bring them inside and do a little test to see if they look better after they’ve dried out for a bit.
Find more DIY Christmas Decor in your own backyard:
The Creek Line House – DIY Cedar Garland
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Making the DIY Scented Pinecones
The first thing you’ll need to do after drying out your pinecones is to give them a good shake and get all of the seeds out, which will be released during the drying process.
By the way, if you don’t have access to pinecones right outside your back door, you can definitely use craft store pinecones for this as well. 🙂
Once your pinecones are de-seeded, drop them all into a big ziplock bag.
Seal the bag up and shake it around a bit to distribute the essential oils. Let the pinecones sit in the bag for about three to five days so they really absorb the scent.
Display the scented pinecones in a bowl or tuck them into garlands and other greenery to make your home smell like the holidays!
These also make a great little hostess gift at this time of year! Wrap a few pinecones up in cellophane, tie with a bow, and you’re all set!
Let me know if you end up making these for yourself or as gifts this holiday season! I’d love to see how you display them so tag me on Instagram if you share a photo! I’m @creeklinehouse 🙂
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.