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How to Clean Pine Cones for Crafts

There are so many creative ways to use pine cones in your crafting, wedding, home decor and more. If you’re wondering how to clean pine cones for crafting, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your inspiration, we’ll show you a simple and natural way of pine cone cleaning before you start crafting.

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How to Clean Pine Cones

We love to create rustic decor and crafts using pine cones, such as our DIY wall hanging and our easy DIY burlap wreath. Or create pretty pine cone roses or pine cone flowers for Halloween with them. We take our cones pretty seriously as we’ve been selling beautiful Canadian pine cones in our Etsy shop for a couple of years now.

Learn how to naturally clean pine cones for crafts with these simple steps.

It’s a good idea to always clean pine cones to ensure they are free of dirt, insects or other clippings and debris. This is particularly important if you are planning to use them in tablescape projects such as a centerpiece, place card holders or napkin weights. You can check out how we recently used them to make DIY pinecone pineapple party decorations.

Adorable pineapple party idea! Make your own pineapple napkin weights with pine cones. Tips and tricks for cleaning pinecones for crafting.

Pine cones make great accessories for rustic weddings, to make rustic wall hanging for the home and can even be used for practical reasons, such as campfire starters!

Supplies Needed for Cleaning Pinecones:

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How to Clean Pine Cones:

  1. Using a coarse brush, scrub away at and in between the scales of the pine cone.
    Step-by-step tutorial on how to clean pine cones for crafting.Note: If your pine cones have a lot of dirt and dust on them, you may want to wash them as well. Pine cones will close up when wet, so you’ll want to work quickly in small batches. Add the pine cones to a small bucket filled with warm water and bit of dish washing soap. Before they have a chance to close up, scrub away the dirt. Set them on a flat surface and let them dry for 1-2 days at which point they will open back up.
  2. Line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a single layer of scrubbed pine cones on the lined baking sheet.
  3. Preheat oven to 220 degrees F. Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Oven temperatures vary so ensure to closely monitor the pine cones while baking in the oven.
  4. Let cool completely before using.
    Simple and natural method for cleaning pine cones for crafts

If you’d rather not go through the trouble of collecting and cleaning your own, or if they aren’t readily available to you, you can purchase beautiful cleaned pine cones directly from our Etsy shop.

Simple and natural method for cleaning pine cones for crafts

Happy pinecone crafting (and cleaning)!

Clean your pine cones for crafts naturally with these simple steps.

How to Clean Pine Cones for Crafts

Jane and Sonja
There are so many creative ways to use pine cones in your crafting, wedding, home decor and more. Learn how to clean pine cones naturally before crafting!
5 from 4 votes

Materials
  

  • Pine cones
  • Scrubbing Brush
  • Cookie Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Instructions
 

  • Scrub out dirt and seeds with a scrubbing brush.
  • If necessary, wash the pinecones.
  • Bake the cleaned pine cones on a flat baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Oven temperatures vary so ensure to closely monitor the pine cones while baking in the oven.
  • Let cool completely before using for crafts.
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Connie

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

How can you make them safe so they don't cut you?

Lisa Drew

Saturday 28th of November 2020

This did not work for us at all. Ours caught on fire and liked to have burned the house down. 200* F . 10 minutes and it was smoking like crazy. Turned the oven off and was going to let the pine cones just sit in the warm oven. Caught fire! There has GOT TO BE a safer way.

Lisa

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

I have just moved from NY to NC I have collected a ton of pine cones with my two year old granddaughter I was so happy to find out how to clean them. Now I will be DIY for Hanukkah and Christmas, including crafting with my Luna. So exited thank you for your post.

Megan cleveland

Monday 26th of October 2020

Is it ok to wash them up and then put them right in the oven? I mean, let them drip dry real good first, then pop them in the oven? Kill bugs and dry at the same time! Save some time!

Jane and Sonja

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

Hi Megan, Yes, definitely you can! You may just want to rotate the pine cones as they're baking as sometime they won't up on the side that they're resting on. Hope that helps! Jane

Diane

Friday 29th of March 2019

Do u have to place cones in oven? Or just let them dry flat?

Jane and Sonja

Friday 29th of March 2019

Hi Diane, No, you don't have to place them in the oven necessarily. If you leave them on a flat surface they will dry out and open up on their own. Placing them in the oven spends up that process. The heat from the oven also will kill any bugs or bacteria from the pine cones. We think this is really important if you're planning to use the pine cones in a centerpiece or table arrangement. It's likely less necessary for a wreath or other crafts. We hope this helps! Jane

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