How to Make Scented Pine Cones for the Holidays

One of my favorite ways to make the house smell like Christmas is making scented pinecones. It’s become a tradition to make them every year during the holiday season and is the easiest way to make a fun holiday craft for kids.

They work better than cinnamon sticks, provide a comforting scent during the winter months, and make the living room look so pretty!

Holiday scented pinecones - pine cones with glitter and scent shown in front of a Christmas tree - Kids Activities Blog
These pinecones are perfect winter decor and make your home smell like Christmas!

DIY Scented Pinecones

They smell so good and of course, are so pretty! They have become my favorite fragrance to make the room smell Christmasy (I don’t like the smell of synthetic fragrances) and are a great way to decorate the house, although they also work as perfect fall decor. You can place them in holiday canisters, bowls, coffee table, glass hurricane jars, or really anywhere throughout the house.

My favorite part is that for a small amount of money, your house will look and smell great.

Related: How to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas

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Supplies Needed

  • Pinecones – You can buy pinecones from your local craft store or pick up your own pine cones outside
  • Holiday scented essential oils – we like the smell of cinnamon
  • Glass spray bottle with warm water
  • (Optional) A little bit of glitter and glue or glitter glue – you can buy pinecones coated in glitter if you want to skip this step.
  • (Optional) Ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree or elsewhere
Holiday scented pinecones - pine cones with glitter and scent shown in front of a Christmas tree - Kids Activities Blog
This DIY craft also makes great gifts!

Directions to Make Homemade Scented Pine Cones


Step 1

Clean off the pine cones from any outside debris. Check there aren’t any little bugs hiding!

Step 2

(Optional) Add glitter with glue or use glitter glue to add a little sparkle to the ends of the pine cone.

Step 3

To get the cinnamon scent on them, use a small glass spritzer bottle and add 10 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz of water.

Give it a good shake and then spray the pinecone. You can adjust the amount of oil per water ratio as you like, depending on how strong you’d like it to be.

Step 4

The best way to transform it into an easy homemade ornament craft is to simply add a little ribbon and hang it on your tree or front door. These also look great and smell great hanging in your room or windows.

Yield: 10

How To Make Scented Pine Cones

Use this DIY recipe with essential oils to make scented pine cones for the holiday season and winter decor.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost under $10

Materials

  • Pinecones – You can buy pinecones from your local craft store or pick up your own pine cones outside
  • Holiday scented pure essential oils - we like the smell of cinnamon
  • Glass spray bottle with warm water
  • (Optional) A little bit of glitter and glue or glitter glue – you can buy pinecones coated in glitter if you want to skip this step.
  • (Optional) Ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree or elsewhere

Instructions

  1. Clean off the pine cones from any outside debris. Check there aren't any little bugs hiding!
  2. (Optional) Add glitter with glue or use glitter glue to add a little sparkle to the ends of the pine cone.
  3. To get the cinnamon scent on them, use a small glass spritzer bottle and add 10 drops of essential oil for every 1 oz of water.
  4. Give it a good shake and then spray the pinecone. You can adjust the amount of oil per water ratio as you like, depending on how strong you’d like it to be.
  5. The best way to transform it into an easy homemade ornament craft is to simply add a little ribbon and hang it on your tree or front door.
Holiday scented pinecones - pine cones with glitter and scent shown in front of a Christmas tree - Kids Activities Blog
Kids can also help make this DIY craft.

Our Favorite Christmas Essential Oil

For this, I used Young Living’s Christmas Spirit essential oil because it is a blend of orange, cinnamon and spruce. If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas-y oil, this is it.

Related: How your fake tree can have that Christmas tree smell

More Homemade Ornaments from Kids Activities Blog

There are so many amazing homemade ornaments you can make with your kids this Christmas. If you need even more inspiration try these:

Related: The best Christmas crafts for kids! <–Over 250 to choose from.

Now that you know how to make scented pine cones, let us know if you tried this craft and how much you liked it!