How to Make an Irresistible Cinnamon-Scented Pine Cone Centerpiece

Are you looking for a delightful and aromatic way to decorate your house for fall?

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I have a pine cone craft that is going to uplift your home with the scents and sights of the autumn season. These DIY cinnamon-scented pine cones are easy to make and extremely versatile.

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Clean the Pine Cones

Before we begin, it's essential to prepare your pine cones. Depending on your climate, they may have bugs or debris.

Here are two options to ensure they are clean:

1. Seal them in a baggie for up to a week to suffocate any bugs.

Pine cone preservation techniques

2. Bake them in a 250°F oven for 25 minutes to remove bugs and moisture. Let them cool.

How to Scent Pine Cones

There are 2 ways to scent your pine cones, you can either use cinnamon essential oil or dried and ground cinnamon spice.

Holiday pine cones

Infusing with Cinnamon Essential Oils

Add your chosen pine cones into a plastic bag or container.

Pine cones and cinnamon

Now, it's time to add the delightful scent of cinnamon. Simply drop in cinnamon essential oils. You can use as little or as much as you like; more drops mean a stronger scent.

How to make cinnamon-scented pine cones

Seal the bag and let it sit for 24 hours to a week for the aroma to develop.

Ground cinnamon

Coating with Ground Cinnamon

Alternatively, you can use ground cinnamon to scent your pine cones.

Place pine cones on lined baking sheet

Begin by placing wax paper on a baking sheet and putting your pine cones on top.

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I use three different types of glue to stick the cinnamon on the pinecones, depending on which one I have on hand:

Option 1: Spray adhesive

Transforming pine cones into festive decor

Option 2: Mod Podge Ultra (spray-on)

Scented home decor

Option 3: Regular white glue

Spray the adhesive onto the pinecone

If you are using the spray adhesive or Mod Podge Ultra, spray them over your pine cones.

Paint on the liquid glue

If you are using the liquid Mod Podge, paint it onto the pine cones.

Sprinkle cinnamon over the sticky pine cones

Sprinkle ground cinnamon over the adhesive-coated pine cones.

Step-by-step guide to crafting with pine cones

Allow them to dry completely and then tap off the excess cinnamon.

Add glitter Mod Podge for a sparkly effect

Once dry you can paint some Mod Podge glitter on the tips for a shimmery effect.

Optional: Seal with Mod Podge

You can also seal the pine cones and ensure the cinnamon adheres nicely by spraying the dried pine cones with more Mod Podge Ultra.

Create a scented fall centerpiece

Creating a Display

Now that your pine cones are ready, let's create a stunning display:

DIY cinnamon pine cone centerpiece tutorial

1. Choose a Container

Choose a container for your display, like a bowl, basket, or vase. I have this iron rod based bowl.

Fairy lights with timer

2. Add Fairy Lights

I used these battery-operated LED lights. What I love about this set is it offers fading, flashing, steady on, and a timer. When I set the timer at 4 p.m., it runs for about six to eight hours, turns off, and automatically turns back on the next day at 4 p.m.

Hide battery pack at the bottom of the container

Place the battery pack at the bottom of the container. We want to hide it underneath the pine cones.

DIY pine cone crafts

3. Layer Your Pine Cones

Next, I'll begin arranging my cinnamon pine cones.

Pine cone decoration

There's some extra wire that I'll tuck away at the bottom.

Creative ways to use pine cones in home decor

Then, I'll continue placing the pine cones and weave the fairy lights among them. I'll keep doing this until my centerpiece is complete.

Pine cone display with fairy lights

Dim the lights and admire the beautiful glow of your cinnamon-scented pine cone centerpiece.

Pine cone display

If you prefer a natural look, you can skip the lights for an equally charming display.

Pinecone scented ornament

Other Ways to Use the Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones

Your DIY pine cone crafts don't have to stop at the centerpiece. Consider these ideas:

  1. Mantel decor
  2. Centerpiece filler
  3. Stack them in a vase with or without lights
  4. Place them inside a lantern
  5. Create a pine cone garland
  6. Craft a pine cone wreath
  7. Tie a little twine around them to use them as air fresheners or holiday ornaments that exude a wonderful scent
  8. Store your holiday decor and pack these cinnamon pine cones within your fall decorations. Next season, when you open them, you'll be greeted with that delightful cinnamon aroma.

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How to Transform Your Home with Cinnamon-Scented Pine Cones

These DIY cinnamon-scented pine cones are not only visually appealing but also bring an inviting fragrance to your home. Get creative with how you display them, and let your home exude a warm, welcoming ambiance.

Have you tried making cinnamon-scented pine cones? Share your experiences, ideas, and any questions in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!

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