This was one of my favourite childhood crafty things to do. We would make these for Christmas along with paper chains and other decorations (I'm showing my age!)
Of course we used everything from man made fragrances to my Mams perfume (we were creative kids!), but now that I can appreciate the natural fragrances and benefits of those associated I thought I'd pull this oldie out of the wardrobe and into the Christmas light.
It's so easy and they smell amazing. You could even create one that is specific to your family household.
Pine cones fall in autumn and can be found around conifer trees such as Scots pine and common Juniper. They all have different shaped pine cones and foraging for them is a great day out with the kids.
All you need is:
After your gorgeous walk in the woods gathering different shaped cones, bring them home and put them into a sink or bath of water to get rid of anything that may be inside them. Let them soak for an hour or so. As pinecones float, you'll need to place a plate or something else with weight over them to keep them under water.
After soaking them, place them in a roasting dish or tray on tin foil, and put them in the oven at 200º for about 30 minutes. This will help the cones open up and will kill off any germs.
While that is happening, get your essential oils out and choose which ones you want to douse the pine cones in. Heres a blend I personally love:
10 drops x Frankincense
10 drops x Lavender True
10 drops x Sweet Orange
5 drops x Lemon
Warm and Chrismassy, I love how the Lemon just kind of 'appears' as it defuses. Blend up your oils and have them ready. The more Pine cones you have the more you can increase the percentage of each oil, as you will need more. Make sure you keep them covered, so they don't evaporate.
Once they are out and have cooled down, transfer them to the zip-top storages bag. This is where you add the essential oils. Close the bag, give them a good shake and put the bag in a dark place where it won't be disturbed. Leave it for a week - 2 if your really organised and want a stronger aroma.
...maybe leave out the less enthusiastic ones - after all it 'tis the season of joy!
You can dress these up, tie them up, mix them with fresh cinnamon sticks, aniseed, cloves or holly berries to really get that festive feeling. Use wire tie to add them to your tree, or create candle holders. Gorgeous!
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