DIY Scented Pinecones

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It’s time to branch out from your usual store-bought decorations with homemade scented pinecones. A great addition to your holiday décor, pinecones evoke a range of emotions such as nostalgic fall evenings, snowy winter days or all-things Christmas. No matter what they mean to you, these pleasantly scented, festive adornments are a fun way to enhance your usual decoration lineup.

Pinecones not only have a muted earthy aroma, but they’re great at carrying other scents and slowly releasing them into your home throughout the day. Warm spices – like cinnamon and ginger – are popular pairings but there’s lot of cheer to be had in experimenting to find your favorite combinations.

To add the essential oils, simply combine them with water and use a spray bottle to spritz on as much or as little as you want!

Pine Cones and Pine Surrounding Bottles of Essential Oil | Vitacost Blog

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DIY Scented Pinecones

Prep Time 2 days 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 2 days 1 hour
Author Raiselle Swick



Suggested essential oil combinations

  • Cinnamon and clove
  • Cinnamon and ginger
  • Pine needle and cedarwood
  • Rosemary and lavender (great for bathrooms!)
  • Orange and bergamot


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. On prepared baking sheet, arrange pinecones. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, turning pinecones a few times throughout for even cooking. (This step helps preserve the pinecones, keeps them dry and encourages them to open them up for better presentation.)
  3. Meanwhile, in a spray bottle, mix 20 drops oil with ½ cup water. Lightly shake until combined. If using more than one oil, split the 20 drops between them however you prefer.
  4. Spray baked pinecones with oil mixture, making sure to turn them as you go for even application.
  5. Once completely cooled, place scented pinecones in an air-tight container such as multiple zip-top bags or a large bin. Let sit at least a couple days or up to two weeks for maximum absorption.
  6. To display, arrange pinecones in a basket or distribute them around your house.
  7. If pinecones lose their scent over time, simply repeat steps 4 and 5.

Recipe Notes

*To rinse pinecones, soak them in bath of soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Make sure to use a fragrance-free soap or else the smell will stick!



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