Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 11: Cinnamon-Scented Pine Cones

I love the smell of cinnamon! It just smells so Christmasy! I really like those pine cones that you can buy at the craft stores that are cinnamon-scented! But, typical me, I wanted to know if I could make them myself. After all, we live across the street from a park with TONS of different pine trees, all loaded with pine cones! Why pay for them if Mother Nature is giving them away so generously?  I was surprised to see so many tutorials out there for making scented pine cones, so I combined a few and came up with this version using all things I already had on hand. This was a fun project to do with the kids, who loved collecting the pine cones!

What You Need:
  • Pine cones
  • Ziplock bag
  • cinnamon oil
If you're using store-bought pine cones, you can skip ahead to the next part. However if you've collected your own this is probably the most important part. You must bake your pine cones!! If you don't you could have all sorts of creepy, crawly things escaping into your house and that is NOT festive! Spread out your pine cones onto a cookie sheet and bake them at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes (I think I did it for an hour, though, because I was NOT taking any chances!). Let them cool. An added bonus (you know...aside from making them bug-free) is that they open up and look so pretty!

Once cool, place them into your ziplock bag. I did this in two batches because I had so many. Then add a few drops of cinnamon oil and give it a good shake up. I read that you should keep the bag sealed up anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. I waited 2 days (maybe) because that's all the patience I have.

Put them in a pretty bowl or container and enjoy both their natural beauty and the festive holiday scent!

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