One of our favourite places to go and look at the Christmas decorations is Dobbies Garden Centre.
Not only do they have so many lovely things to look at, but they also sell those lovely Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones that smell so perfectly Christmassy.
Despite their loveliness, I've never quite been persuaded to buy them as the price tag has always put me off!
This year I stumbled across a tutorial on Pinterest for how to make them yourself at a fraction of the cost so we decided to give them a bash.
All you need is:
a bundle of pine cones
an empty spray bottle
some ziplock bags
Cinnamon bark essential oil
Make sure you buy Cinnamon bark essential oil and not the Cinnamon leaf essential oil. The Cinnamon leaf will smell more like Cloves than Cinnamon.
One more thing to note is that you need to give yourself a few weeks to make these as they need time for the scent to infuse on the pine cones.
First thing you will need to do is check if your pine cones need cleaning. Ours were actually OK but if they do need cleaned you can gently wash them in some warm water. Washing in water may make your pine cones close up a bit but they will open up as they dry. Alternatively you could put them on a lined baking tray in a very low oven for around an hour.
Now put a little water in your spray bottle.
Add quite a generous amount of your essential oil to the water. I added at least 60 drops to about 50ml of water.
Put some pine cones in a ziplock bag, making sure you haven't overfilled it so that there is plenty space to zip it closed.
Now scoosh your water/oil spray all over the cones, shaking them around and scooshing some more. And some more!
Every couple of days open your bags up and scoosh in some more of that lovely spray.
If you were in a hurry you could Mod Podge some ground Cinnamon onto your pine cones but this will eventually rub off and make a bit of a mess so the oil infused way seems the better way to go - unless you want to have your cones smelling of Cinnamon by tomorrow!