How To Make Scented Pine Cones With Essential Oils

Dried collection of pine cones, cinnamon sticks and eucalyptus leaves
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Scented pine cones add a wonderful fragrance to the home, especially during the winter months. While cinnamon is the most common choice, you can use any kind of essential oil. Use these directions to make your own scented pine cones.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 1 week + (the longer, the stronger the scent)

  1. Clean the Pine Cones

    If you collected the pine cones yourself, you should clean them so you won't have trouble with insects or sap. Wash them in the sink, then place on a foil-covered cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour at 200°F, keeping an eye on the oven for safety.

  1. Choose Your Essential Oil

    By far, the most common choice for scented pine cones is cinnamon. However, you can use any essential oil you like, or even mix some together.

    Suggestions include:

    • Cinnamon
    • Apple
    • Orange
    • Peppermint
    • Nutmeg
    • Pine
  2. Method One - Spray Bottle

    Place water in a spray bottle and add several drops of essential oil. Spray the cones and seal in a plastic bag for 24 hours. Remove and let air dry.

  3. Method Two - Shake in Bag

    Add pine cones to a resealable plastic bag. Sprinkle drops of essential oils on the cones, seal and shake. Leave in bag for at least one week.


  1. Keep the pine cones in a resealable bag to make the scent last longer.
  2. Smell the essential oils ahead of time to make sure they are potent. Some brands may not be as strong as desired.
  3. You can also make scented pine cones with glue and spices.

What You Need

  • Pine cones
  • Essential oils
  • Cookie sheet
  • Foil
  • Plastic bag
  • (Optional)Spray bottle