How to Make Scented Pinecones

    by Traci Joy

    About the Author

    A certified nutritionist who majored in health, fitness and nutrition, Traci Vandermark has been writing articles in her specialty fields since 1998. Her articles have appeared both online and in print for publications such as Simple Abundance, "Catskill Country Magazine," "Birds and Blooms," "Cappers" and "Country Discoveries."


    Scented pinecones make traditional additions to wreaths and other holiday centerpieces. When scented, these environmentally friendly accents also can be used to enhance a rustic-inspired interior and can be given away as gifts or sold at craft fairs. If you have an evergreen tree on your property, save money by collecting the pinecones during the fall. You also can buy ready-to-scent pinecones at a hobby craft store or florist shop.

    Things You'll Need

    • Pinecones
    • Aluminum foil
    • Baking sheet
    • Newspaper
    • Salt shaker
    • Powdered cinnamon
    • Powdered clove
    • Powdered nutmeg
    • Powdered allspice
    • Small paintbrush
    • Clear-drying glue
    • Resealable storage bags

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    Preheat your oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lay the pinecones on top. Bake them for 20 minutes. Baking opens up the pinecones, dries them out and eradicates any residual insects. Note that pinecones sold at craft stores have been dried and cleaned and do not need to be baked.

    Measure equal parts of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice in a bowl. Blend the dry mixture with a spoon and transfer it to an empty salt shaker. If you're scenting less than five pinecones, blend 1 teaspoon of each spice. Increase the amount of spices you use by the number of pinecones you're scenting.

    Cover a table with newspaper and spread out the pinecones to cool. Once cooled, working with one pinecone at a time, dip a small paintbrush in clear-drying glue and lightly brush it into a pinecone's crevices.

    Sprinkle each pinecone with the spice blend after brushing it with glue. Let the pinecones dry overnight. Lightly tap them on the table to remove excess spice blend. Place the pinecones in resealable storage bags until you're ready to use them.

    • To make the pinecones presentable as gifts or as craft sale items, cut a large square of mesh or netted fabric. Set pinecones in the center. Gather the edges together around the pinecones and secure with a festive ribbon and a cinnamon stick.