Easy Scented Pine Cones

October 10, 2014

The Pine Cones Plus method to create scented pine cones is fast and easy! Scented pine cones are a great gift idea and an ideal activity for kids. You can add them to potpourri, use them as hearth decorations or place them in a bowl for a beautiful centerpiece for your table. The scent will decrease over time. Simply toss old cones into the fireplace and the burning will release more scent.


  • A mix a pine cones in various sizes- about 15
  • 1/4 cup pickling spice
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup whole cloves or 1/8 cup ground cloves
  • spray adhesive
  • plastic shopping bag
  • mesh bag (and clear plastic bag for gift-giving)
  • optional: presentation basket and wide, wire-edged ribbon


  1. Mix pickling spice, powdered cinnamon and cloves. If desired, sprinkle with essential oils (some suggestions: sandlewood, patchouli, orange, cinnamon, balsam) and mix thoroughly. Set aside.
  2. Put the pine cones into a large plastic shopping bag and spread them out so they form a single layer at the bottom of the bag.
  3. Aim the spray adhesive directly onto the pine cones, but stand away from the bag to avoid breathing in any overspray. Quickly close the bag with your hands and shake it thoroughly to turn the pine cones over. Open the bag, allowing the pine cones to settle in a single layer at the bottom, and re-spray with glue.
  4. Empty the pickling spice mix over the pine cones, close the bag again with your hands and shake thoroughly to distribute. Empty the pine cones into a pie dish, or something similar, and allow to dry.
  5. Place the pine cones in a mesh bag (a recycled onion bag works well) or sieve. Shake and stir the pine cones to dislodge any spices that aren’t sticking to the glue.If you’re using the mesh bag to enclose the pine cones for gift-giving, tie the bag closed then enclose in a clear plastic bag tied with ribbon. Decorate or wrap as desired.
  6. To present the scented pine cones in a basket, place the mesh bag full of pine cones into the basket, allowing the edges of the mesh bag to show above the basket rim (as shown in our photo, above). Or, you can simply empty the pine cones into the basket, decorate the basket with a wire-edged ribbon, and enclose everything in festive cellophane wrap tied with curling ribbon.