Have you ever scented your own pine cones or read about how to do it? It used to be a complicated process of selecting the pine cones, cleaning them, painting them with glue, sprinkling on the powdered scents, etc. Whew! It was an ordeal! Now there’s a shortcut method to scenting your own pine cones, and it’s so easy and fun to do, you’ll never want to stop! Go get a bunch of pine cones together and, before you know it, you’ll have the most aromatic house in the neighborhood.
Gather the pine cones you want to scent. They can all be all similar in size or you can choose assorted ones to create a different look. Clean the pine cones the best you can by first brushing off any major dirt with an old toothbrush. You’ll be able to remove more dirt and debris if you place the pine cones in a brown paper bag and shake them. To remove them from the bag, reach in and take them out rather than dumping them out and re-depositing the dirt on them.
Although you can make the pine cones most any scent you want a traditional scent is made when you combine an eighth-cup of ground cloves, a quarter-cup of cinnamon and a quarter-cup of pickling spice. If you want, you can add essential oils to the mix, like cinnamon, sandalwood, patchouli or balsam. Set the spice mix aside for a moment.
Place the pine cones in a plastic grocery bag so that they are in a single layer at the bottom of the bag. Shake the spray adhesive well then spray it into the bag, aiming it at the pine cones. Keep the bag well away from your face to avoid the fumes. Quickly close and shake the bag to mix up the pine cones. Open the bag again, spray again, close and shake.
Before the adhesive has a chance to dry sprinkle in the spice mixture. Close and shake the bag well to coat the pine cones. The spray adhesive makes the spices instantly stick to the pine cones and create the aroma you want.
Place the finished pine cones in a mesh bag, like an onion bag. Shake well so that excess spices will fall out off the cones and out of the bag. The cones can be left in the bag and given as a gift or can be emptied from the bag and into another container.
There are many different scents you can create, and even though you can use some essential oils, the main ingredients must be dry spices. It’s an easy technique that helps you create pine cones that smell luscious while looking gorgeous!