How to make Scented Holiday Pinecones and Christmas Cards

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The scents of pine, gingerbread, cinnamon, and citrusy orange are almost inseparable from the holiday season. Catch one hint of these aromas any time of year, and you may be instantly taken back to childhood sledding races, homemade gingerbread houses, or sweet memories with family and friends. 

Capture the nostalgia with these homemade scented pinecones and cards.

The scented pinecones are an inexpensive and easy way to bring the smell of Christmas into your home and have some really cute seasonal home decor.

Grab your kids and go for a hike where you know there will be pine trees. Let them collect the pinecones.

This will become a fun yearly tradition that everyone will remember and cherish.

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How to Make Essential Oil Scented Pinecones

Items Needed to make essential oil scented pinecones

photo of Pinecones, Christmas greenery and bottle of doTERRA Clove essential oil

Scented Pine Cone Instructions

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DIY Scented Pinecones recipe with essential oil

Author: Dawn Goehring
Quick and Easy recipe for how to make scented pinecones with essential oils. These make a lovely Christmas decoration for your home and are much healthier for you than scented candles.
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  • dry pinecones
  • Your favorite essential oils


  • If pinecones have been collected from outside, you'll want to dry them out. To do this, cook in the oven at 200 degrees F for at least 30 minutes, or until the pinecones have opened.
  • Put one or two drops of essential oil on each pinecone. You can combine scents to make a custom blend. Some of my favorite oils include: Cinnamon, Cassia, Clove, Wild Orange, Siberian Fir, Douglas Fir.
  • Place pinecones in a decorative bowl or on your Christmas tree.

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Instructions for How to Make Essential Oil Scented Cards

Essential Oil Scented Christmas Card

Items Needed to make Essential Oil Scented Christmas Card

Cotton balls

Plastic or paper bag

Your favorite essential oil

Instructions for making Scented Christmas Card

  1. Put 2-4 drops essential oil on cotton ball.  Here’s some of my faves that I like to use for this:  
  2. Place cotton ball inside bag with cards.
  3. Seal bag and let sit overnight.

Tip: You can also make scented wrapping paper using the same directions for the scented cards.

Related Articles: More Ways to Use Essential Oils to make Christmas gifts, Christmas diffuser blends, and essential oil sprays

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Dawn Goehring Desert Naturals Essential Oils

Dawn Goehring

Owner / Founder of Desert Naturals

Dawn Goehring is the founder of Desert Naturals where she writes educational articles on essential oils, DIY's on natural beauty products, homemade cleaners, and provides related essential oil accessories like Planners, Journals, Trackers, tshirts, and custom made essential oil storage.

Dawn discovered essential oils about 10 years ago to support her then 4 year old son who was struggling to manage a respiratory condition. She then learned how to use essential oils for everyday natural remedies for her family, and has helped hundreds of women incorporate essential oils in their lives to live a healthier, more holistic lifestyle using natural products and essential oils.

Dawn has earned an aromatherapist degree and has earned a doTERRA essential oil specialist certification which is a fancy way of saying she has learned a lot about the chemistry of essential oils and how they work in the body.

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