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How To Make Scented Pine Cones With Glue and Spices


I love the smell of scented pine cones during the holidays. It is quite easy to make your own. The kids can even join in on the fun.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes to prepare, then 1 day to dry

Here's How:

  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 200F. Stay in the kitchen to watch for any smoke or fire, as there is a small chance due to the sap.

  2. Prepare the Glue

    Mix together equal parts of glue and water in a bowl.

  3. Mix the Spices

    Place your desired spices into a plastic bag and mix together.

    Some suggestions:

    • Cinnamon
    • Allspice
    • Ground cloves
    • Nutmeg
  4. Coat the Pine Cones With Glue

    Dip a foam brush into the glue mixture and paint onto the pine cone.

  5. Add the Spices

    Place the glue-covered pine cone in the spice mixture bag, then shake.

  6. Dry the Pine Cones

    Allow the pine cones to dry in the bag at least overnight.Tap them when you take them out of the bag to remove any spices not sticking to the glue.


  1. These pine cones can also be added to a fire to fill your home or campfire with a lovely aroma.

What You Need

  • Pine cones
  • Glue
  • Foam brush
  • Spices
  • Mixing bowls
  • Plastic bag
  • Spoon
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