I love using natural elements to decorate for the holidays. Not only is it cost effective but it also creates a cool rustic vibe.
Foraging for decor can be so fun (remember collecting seashells as a kid?) and one of the easiest things to forage is pinecones.
Whether you display them au naturel in a bowl, paint them with glitter or add essentials oils to give them that “holiday” scent, pinecones are a key element for Winter decorations. But before you go turning those conifer cuties into a tree ornament, your pinecones need to be treated to remove them of their sticky resin residue, icky bugs and to allow their layers to open up beautifully. This is particularly important if you are planning to use them in tablescape projects. Bugs and food- no no no!
The best way to get your pinecones ready is to bake them. Baking your pine cones on a low temperature for about 45 minutes will keep your Christmas free from unwanted pests. Once the pinecones have opened up and the sap has had a chance to seep out and dry up, the pinecones are done.
The process is REALLY easy and it makes your house smell AMAZING.
- Preheat your oven to 250°.
- Line your baking sheet(s) with foil. It is likely some sap will drip and you’ll want an easy clean up.
- Arrange your pinecones on the baking sheet in a single layer.
- Bake for about 45 minutes.
- Keep a close eye on the oven so that you don’t burn them.
- You will see the sap collect below some of the pinecones.
- After 45 minutes, remove from over and place on a towel or cooling rack until cool.