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Pine cones can be put into the microwave and heated on low temperature. Cones that have not opened will open up. They will be an undamaged specimen for craft projects. While doing this you will experience another benefit, free room freshener.
Pinecones, acorns, and seedpods are great in holiday decor, but they sometimes house little insects or larvae. To eliminate the risk of uninvited guests at your holiday table, bake these things in a slow oven (200-250 degrees F) on a foil lined baking sheet for a couple of hours. Then glue, gild, and glitter the night away (odd stray idea - I bet you could dump them in a crock pot over nite instead of the oven).
Before using any natural stuff like pinecones or seed pods you have gathered in holiday decor, line a shallow pan with foil and put them into the oven at 200 degrees for about 45 minutes. This will kill any insects living inside. You don't want uninvited guests crawling onto your holiday table.
Whenever you bring any natural stuff like pine cones or twigs into the house to use as decor, put them on a foil lined baking sheet in the oven at 200-250 degrees for 30 minutes to kill any hitchhiking insects.
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