Our 3rd year making these and I can’t believe I am just showing you now how I do it!
I am also excited to share that this year I also tried it with acorns and it worked just as well! Some of you have mentioned that you don’t have Pine Cones in your area so this may be an alternative for you. Try it with acorns instead and then maybe pick up a small bag of artificial pumpkins from the $1 store and mix those once your done!
This is something you will want to do now since the whole process takes around 3-4 weeks! The best part is you can keep using the same pine cones year after year!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Essential Oil – Cinnamon Bark (Some other Great Fall Scents include, Orange, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Thieves,or Apple)
Sheet of Tin Foil
(Make sure to get essential oil and not fragrance oil. Essential oil comes from nature, fragrance oil comes from factories.)
I will post a link below as to where you can get the best price on the Cinnamon Bark Essential oil. You may want to go ahead and purchase the Pine Essential Oil too while you’re at it. 🙂 We will be sharing our Winter Pine Cone Project very soon 🙂
You are going to want to prepare the Pine Cones for the indoors now and we all know my number 1 concern right? Bugs! LOL
They can also contain sap so baking them will remove all the unwanted yuckiness.
Prepare a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spread the cones over the foil in an even layer. Try laying them on their side this way if they do have any sap in them it will melt right out of the cone and drip onto the foil.
Bake at 200 Degrees for around 45-50 minutes. My kids were so anxious to make them this year that they insisted we skip this process and told me they checked the pine cones VERY carefully and there were NO bugs inside of them. UNTIL..a cricket came jumping out of one! The baking process will also full open up the pine cones.
Let Pine Cones Cool.
ADDING THE CINNAMON SCENT:
There are 2 ways you can do this so whichever way is easier for you.
Option 1: Place 1/2 cup water in a spray bottle and add several drops of essential oil. (Depending on how many Pine Cones you have in the bag and how strong you want the scent to be. I would do around 1 drop of Oil for every 2 Pine Cones)
While Cones are still on Baking sheet,spray them until they are covered then seal in a plastic bag for 24 hours. Remove and let air dry.
Option 2: Add pine cones to a Ziploc Bag and spray cones lightly with water. Then add several drops of essential oil into the bag. Seal bag and shake. Leave cones in the bag for at least one week.
I have also include a video of us making them this year if you want to see it below. Please disregard when I say you need to store them in the bag for a few weeks. I was thinking of another project and for this one. One week is fine.The longer you keep them in the bag, the stronger the scent yes…but you can always add more oil to them like I mentioned.
Where Can I buy these Essential Oils?
I have been using Essential Oils for 3 years and Young Living is the only brand I use.
However, in order to receive their wholesale prices on their oils, you need to purchase their Premium Starter Kit which includes 11 of the most popular Essential Oils and a Diffuser. The Value is over $300 and you pay only $160. What I offer to my Living Smart Readers ONLY if if this Premium Starter Kit is purchased through me. I give you a $20 AMAZON GIFT CARD once the kit is purchased. Since I do earn a small commission when you purchase the kit I want to give it right back to you because I know you will love the oils and the investment is 100% worth it! Not only can you use it on projects like this but it can also be used on your skin and for many other things.
The Cinnamon Bark will need to be purchased Separately once you purchase the Premium Kit 🙂 Read more about this here.
If you wish to not go with Young Living Oils. I have found some Oils with great reviews below for you on Amazon.
Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
Nutmeg Essential Oil
Orange Essential Oil
Clove Essential Oil
Pine Essential Oil