How to Clean and Dry Pine Cones for Decorating

Fall decorations 08.26.15
Pine cones are a decor and crafting staple through the late fall and winter months because they can be used in so many ways. But before you use pinecones to craft and decorate, make sure you clean and dry them properly to rid them of bugs! For the full tutorial on how to prepare pine cones check out Two It Yourself.
  • Kill the bugs - clean and dry your pinecones
  • Bake pinecones to kill the bugs before using them to decorate
  • Decorate and craft with your dried pine cones!

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  • Felicity Woodruffe
    Felicity Woodruffe United Kingdom
    @STACY G I wouldnt worry too much ive had worse in mine dead chickens and parts of a lamb A couple of .weeks ago i had two pigs heads in there lol :) actually if you place baking parchment under them then give them a good rattle anything in them will
  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA
    Any bugs that crawl out of the pinecones get roasted and dry up. I shake the cookie sheets/aluminum foil offoutside.
  • Jane
    Jane Bartlett, IL
    I wash mine in the sink with dish soap and hot, hot water twice. Then rinse in hot, hot water and put on a towel in the sun to dry for a day or two. Have had no problems with insects...
  • Jhunt10
    Jhunt10 Jacksonville, FL
    I washed and nuked mine for a few seconds, Voila. No bugs!
  • Alice Shockley
    Alice Shockley Jefferson City, MO
    Hm. I've never done anything but pick them up off the grass and use them. I've never seen a bug. Guess I got lucky.
Melissa @ Two It Yourself

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