Do you love the warm, comforting smell of cinnamon scented pine cones? I’m actually allergic to cinnamon pinecones sold in stores. But I love the homemade smell of the spice. Which is why I’m thrilled to share how to make cinnamon pine cones at home.
This DIY scented pinecones recipe doesn’t use any essential oils. Instead, it uses a simple ingredient that you can buy in the grocery store, online, and even in a dollar store. That’s right, it uses real cinnamon powder!
Cinnamon Pine Cones for Fall and Christmas
So what’s the big deal about cinnamon pine cones? If you haven’t ever used them before, you might be wondering what is a cinnamon scented pine cone?
These home decor items are generally used during the Fall and Winter holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Cinnamon is a classic smell that makes us think of warm pastries coming out of the oven, mulled cider and hearty breakfasts. It’s a feel-good scent that most everyone is familiar with.
The way to use cinnamon scented pine cones is to pile them in a decorative bowl or basket. Or you can lay them on a mantel or along a table. Tuck them into your shelves for a seasonal touch. And consider laying them on a table runner on your dining room table.
Allergic to Cinnamon Scented Pine Cones Found in Stores
In order to understand why this DIY scented pinecones recipes is important, you have to understand why the cinnamon pine cones you find in the grocery stores and home goods stores can be so BAD for your health.
About a decade ago, I started having serious reactions to the smell of cinnamon scented pinecones sold in stores. It started in crafts stores. I’d want to be buying crafting supplies around Christmas time, but the overpowering scent of artificial cinnamon scented pine cones was so strong it would make me sick in the store.
I’d have to leave the store in a hurry, almost holding my breath until I could get to the door and fresh air.
In the rare instance that I HAD to buy something in a craft store, I would dread the possibility of those nasty cinnamon pine cones being right near the register. Because they usually were.
When I would get home, I would have such a horrible allergic response – runny nose, watery eyes, pounding headache, coughing – that it would take me a day to recuperate. Literally.
And so I swore off craft supply stores after summer time just to avoid the artificial fragrance.
Then my local Publix grocery store decided to start selling cinnamon scented pine cones in the produce section. The smell was again horribly strong and would make me sick. So it got to the point where I’d need to have my husband go grocery shopping for me after the cinnamon pine cones were for sale in the store.
For anyone allergic to fragrances, you’ll understand the dilemma. I literally couldn’t shop anymore because of these toxic artificially scented cinnamon pine cones.
Why Are the Pinecones at the Store Bad?
While the thought of cinnamon scented pine cones is amazing, the problem is with the materials that the mass-produced cinnamon pine cones are made with.
The problem is the scent itself.
All of these scented pinecones sold in the stores use artificial fragrances. And the chemicals in artificial fragrances can cause quite a problem in people with multiple chemical sensitivities.
Artificial fragrance can be a combination of more than 1,000 individual chemicals used in the fragrance industry.
Plus, artificial fragrance often contains phthalates. These chemicals are thought to cause a variety of health problems long term, including messing with your endocrine system, which regulates your hormones.
Why don’t the companies just use fresh cinnamon instead? First, it’s the cost. It’s just not economical to use fresh spice for bulk manufacturing of the home decor products.
Second, real cinnamon doesn’t stick strongly enough to make it through the rough shipment of the products. By the time they are manufactured, sent on trucks, thrown in boxes and put on display, that’s a lot of jostling around. And the real cinnamon powder can fall off.
How to Make Cinnamon Pine Cones
The great news is that you can avoid the exposure to artificial fragrances yet still have the comforting aroma of real cinnamon!
I have been wanting to share how to make these seasonal favorites for years, and this year I finally did it!
You’ll be surprised at how easy and simple it is to make these scented pinecones.
FYI: Using pine cones that you find outside is fine. You just want to prepare them before crafting with them so you don’t have any unwanted critters in your home. Check out this guide of how to prepare pine cones for crafts.
Here’s the easy printable recipe below:
- Craft glue
- Cinnamon powder (grocery store spice is perfect)
- Small paint brush (such as a child's artwork paint brush)
- Clean dirt, debris and any insects you find inside the pinecone.
- Using a small paint brush, paint glue over the pine cone's "leaves." You might want to do this in small sections.
- Working quickly before the glue dries, sprinkle cinnamon heavily over the pine cone. Cover all of the wet glue with cinnamon powder. Do this over a plate or object that can catch the excess cinnamon so that you can reuse it for other pine cones.
- After the glue dries, gently tap or shake the pine cone to remove excess powedered cinnamon. Do this over a plate or bowl so that you can reuse the spice on other pine cones.
- Add the home decor pieces throughout your home for natural aromatherapy.
*Be sure the pinecones you use aren't covered in a shellac or shiny substance, otherwise the glue won't stick.
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Even More Ideas for Natural Air Fresheners
These cinnamon pine cones make great natural air fresheners. But there are a lot of other ways to naturally scent your home, too!
Use this DIY natural pumpkin spice cleaner to leave a gentle autumn fragrance as aromatherapy.
Stovetop potpourri recipes are always a great way to naturally fragrance your home. Check out our Lemon Lavender Herb simmer pot and Rose Eucalyptus simmering potpourri recipes. This easy coffee smell air freshener can be made with leftover coffee grounds.
Our odor eliminator spray works like store bought sprays, only with all natural ingredients.
Be sure to follow my Pinterest Board on Natural Ways to Scent Your Home for lots of ideas!