I saw this idea in a magazine while standing in line at the grocery store a few weeks ago. I wish I could remember which magazine it was, so I could give them credit. I like how theirs turned out better than mine, but I changed up a few things. In the end, I like them enough to share them with you.
I didn’t have many pine cones on hand, so I purchased a bag of pumpkin spice scented pine cones leftover from Thanksgiving from JoAnn Fabrics at a whopping 75% off. They also have cinnamon scented pine cones on sale right now for the Christmas season if you want to try this.
Mix 1 cup of white household paint with 4 cups of water in a container.
Then soak your pine cones for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
After soaking, hang them up until nearly dry. This is the tricky and messy part. I used a clothes hanger and twine, and hung them from a knob of a kitchen cabinet. Be absolutely sure to put something underneath them to catch the drips.
I sped up the drying process by using a hair dryer. Bake them on a foil-lined cookie sheet in the oven at 180 degrees for 1-3 hours.
After baking, drill holes in the bottom on the cones and insert a wood skewer. For the bottoms, I used cut pieces of a white birch branch. But you could use square wood blocks or anything you like. Drill a hole in the bottoms and connect the two. Because my drill holes were a perfect fit, I didn’t use any glue to hold them together.
Finally . . . arrange them in your home.
I made mine to use in my kitchen. I started by lining them up on the window sill.
Then I moved a few down to the cupboard beneath the window.
These sweet little trees are growing on me.
Then I decided to move one over to the open cabinet where I keep my dishes.
And lastly, I put a couple in the bathroom. One on the back of the toilet.
And another on a vintage wire basket turned into a shelving unit, over the toilet.
But the best part about these sweet little trees is that since I used scented pine cones, the whole house now has a subtle, but wonderful smell of holiday spices.
Because these sweet little trees are more wintry than Christmasy, they will be hanging out with me until spring makes its return.