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cinnamon pine cones

November 19, 2009

I know, I know, you can go to Michael’s and pay $4 for a bag of scented pine cones.  BUT!  You’ll miss out on all the fun of going on a nature walk with your kids to find just the right pine cones for the holiday season.  Trust me on this!

1) Bundle-up the kids and go on a nature walk, gathering pine cones of all sizes.

2) Rinse pinecones in large sink or tub to get the grodies off.

3) Spread on cookie sheet or pile in a roasting pan.

4) Bake at 225 for 20-30 minutes.  This will dry out the cones, open them up a bit, and rid of any leftover grodies.

5) Put pine cones in garbage bag and sprinkle with cinnamon-scented fragrance oil (I used Bath & Body Works, got it on sale)

6) Tie bag closed.  Shake & turn gently, let sit for a few days, shaking and turning a couple times a day.

7) Spread around your house for the holidays (decorations, ornaments, centerpieces, etc) and enjoy the scents of the season!

*add-in ideas…

dried fruit

dried leaves

cinnamon sticks

anything potpourri-ish!

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