Scented pine cones can be a great way to have decoration and scent all in one. They are easy to make and can be used for a wide range of decorating options. You can buy pine cones, but you can also take the time to find them yourself. A good nature walk is always relaxing!
Making scented sprays.
It is best to make your own scented spray that you can then use to spray down your pine cones. To do this you will want to buy a small spray bottle. The spritz kind work well and are available in most travel sections of the store. Four ounce size is just perfect. To that add three ounces of distilled water and almost 1 ounce of rubbing alcohol. It doesn't have to be perfect and you want to leave a little room at the top. Finish your spray with your favorite essential oils. Mix and let sit for 48 hours so the fluid picks up the essential oils well.
Clean your pine cones.
Clean your pine cones with a damp rag. This is only necessary if you picked up your own. You may also want to dust between the petals of the pine cone with a paint brush or cotton swab. Getting the dust off to begin with will make them last longer and look better. This is one advantage to buying pine cones rather then hunting for your own.
Add your scent.
Add your scent to the pine cones by spraying liberally with your scented spray. Let dry and repeat. You may want to do this one side at a time for easier access. To keep it easy clean up you can lay them out on paper towel and spray them on these. When they are dry, flip them over and repeat on the back side. You can do this a few times for a lot of scent or leave the scent lighter, the choice is yours.
Decorate with them.
You can simply place the pine cones in a basket or hang them with pretty ribbon. You can also attach them to a wreath for a pretty way to display them.
Every now and again you may want to re scent your pine cones using your scented spray. This can be an easy way to keep the room fresh and smelling great.
There are thousands of options for using as a scent, but some work better with pine cones then others. You may want to stick with the theme and use a pine or spruce scent. This works well and can also be very pleasant. You can also do other out doors scents like ceder, sandalwood, or cinnamon. This is just a guide and of course doesn't have to be used. You can make your pine cones smell like roses or oranges or anything you want.
Scented pine cones can make a great way for a little scent and a lot of decorating options. They don't take much work, can look great, but even better then that they can smell great. A good scent can fill the room and make for a very pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.