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How do you treat pine cones to have the spicy smell of cinnamon, etc.?
By Pamela from Shreve, OH
I buy cinnamon oil and use an eye dropper.
Couple ways I have done this.
Buy the cinnamon oil or even candle making cinnamon oil fragrance. Use plastic bag to shake after every time you drop fragrance in bag. The fragrance is very potent. It will burn the skin and slowly start to eat through plastic! So Be careful! Wear clear glasses or something to protect eyes and rubber gloves would be best. Keep adding drops till you feel strong enough. Then tie up bag tightly. Insert this bag then into another, just to double bag, just as a safety measure. Maybe even a third. Pine cones can be sharp, tearing bags. Keep these tightly sealed for a few days to cure for best results and the fragrance to spread through-out with as little loss of evaporation. Most cost effective as well.
Melt paraffin wax and color, such as bright red. Once wax has cooled a bit can add cinnamon oil. Do not do this when super hot or it will just burn off and will be lost! Off top of my head I really can't remember the exact temp for paraffin to drop scented oil. I have worked with soy for so long. It's much higher than soy. Maybe 160F? Don't quote me on this one.
Now You can dunk pine cones into the hot scented candle wax. Partially, completely, angled. Whatever. Set on recycled newspaper or brown grocery paper bags. Or hang with Christmas ornament hooks on dowel rod, with paper under neath for drips. Be careful! Hot, hot, hot!
Add this by dolloping in glitter or dusting with it. Adding pearls, rhinestones, etc. However you want to glam them up. Can be used as ornaments or add a few of the glammed out ones to a wicker basket of plain cones. That's what I like best. Otherwise to busy for the eyes. I've even added these to swags, I made to hang over my large living room windows. So skies the limit!
Hope this helps get the creative juices flowing. :)