Saturday 22 December 2012

... and Festive Scented Pine Cones

Having randomly collected a selection of pine cones (well why wouldn't you?!), I thought I’d put them to good use and make some scented festive pine cones.

Start off by washing them thoroughly in soapy water, rinse and leave to dry.

The next step is to lay out on a foiled tray and bake at 200 C for about 45 mins, until they've all opened up.  Baking them melts the sap, means that the cones stay permanently ‘open’ and look nicer in your display :)

Once they’ve cooled, add to a ziplock back along with several drops of your favourite essential oil and give them a good shake.  I went for two bags - one with cinnamon and one with vanilla.  The longer you leave them in the bag, the stronger the smell.  I waited for 5 days before taking them out; you could probably do this sooner but I would suggest at least 2 days...

There are loads of ways that you could display these - I chose to pile them together in vase.

Oh and here's a top tip for cleaning glass & vases (mine had been collecting dust at the back of a cupboard): Add approx 1 tablespoon of bicarb and vinegar, a couple of squirts of washing up liquid, and fill with warm water. Leave to soak before rinsing... sparkling!

These are now in our lounge and give the room a lovely smell.  A great alternative to pot pourri!

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