Keeping Pests Out of Holiday Decorations

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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).


By Linda L.

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October 14, 20120 found this helpful

If you put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the frezzer it will kill any critters :-)

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October 15, 20120 found this helpful

I usually soak pine cones and other gathered craft items in a bleach and water solution. Sometimes the soak changes the colours on the natural item but most of the time it stays the same.

Never thought of slow-roasting, lol, good idea though!

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