Have you ever walked past a craft store in early fall and had the delicious smell of cinnamon and spices draw you in? I know I have, and have in the past I have shelled out the money for those incredible smelling bags of cinnamon scented pinecones to add to my fall decor. Well this year I ran across a recipe to make my own easy DIY cinnamon scented pinecones and it literally costs probably less then a $1 if you happen to have cinnamon essential oil on hand. If not you need to get some! Cinnamon oil has so many health benefits, plus it smells amazing in an oil infuser during the winter months. Cinnamon oil is also great for helping to cleanse your air of those yucky winter germs. Have I convinced you to buy some yet?
For this project you will need to gather…
- A large bag of pinecones (I went to my mom’s backyard for this)
- A gallon zipper bag
- Cinnamon essential oil (or clove, peppermint, really anything you like!)
Please excuse my dirty oven. I hate to clean the oven.
To get started preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Next line a cookie sheet with foil and place your pinecones onto the foil.
Cook the pinecones at 200 degrees for 1 hour. This step helps to open up your pinecones as well as kill any bugs or bacteria that may be in them. I know I don’t need any bugs crawling out of my centerpiece onto my Thanksgiving table!
Make sure you let your pinecone cool completely before going on to the next step.
After your pinecones have cooled place them into a large plastic zip top bag and sprinkle with your essential oil. I would add about 20-30 drops. Maybe 20 drops cinnamon and 10 clove for a fun fall scent. Be careful cinnamon oil is strong and a little goes a LONG way. It can also burn your eyes so be careful not to get it on your hands and then rub your eyes or nose.
Seal up your bag and give it a good shake. That’s it! You are done! Just let the bag sit for a minimum of 1 week, but preferably 2-3. The longer it sits the more the pinecones soak up the oil.
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