How To Clean & Dry Pinecones For Crafts & Decorations

This time of year there are pinecones literately falling from the sky!

They make excellent decorations and craft items, except for the bugs for which they make lovely homes.

It wasn’t until a few Christmas’s ago that I realised bringing home little bits of nature was the same as inviting the bugs through the front door. Our poor Christmas tree was infested with bugs, I screamed like a girl, flapped my arms around like a chicken and have been a pinecone cleaner ever since.

Oh and a fake Christmas tree enthusiast too.

With half term hurtling towards us, days out might result in your little ones bring home some pinecones, or maybe you want to add a little Autumnal decor to your home; either way I’d suggest you give them a clean.

Cleaning & Drying Pinecones

Step 1.

Fill a bucket with hot soapy water, dump the pinecones in, give them a swirl and a swish and then leave them for a while. After an hour or so, drain out the water.

The pinecones will have closed  up.

wet closed pinecones

Step 2.

Place pinecones on a baking tray, I line ours with baking paper to catch any bugs that drop out.

Pop in the oven on a low heat setting for an hour or so. Final times will depend on your oven.

drying pine cones and driftwood

The heat will dry them out resulting in the pinecones opening back up.

pinecones dried in the oven

If you have a small number of pinecones or just really can’t stand the thought of putting them in the over, you can use a heat gun, just don’t burn your fingers.

heating tool to dry pinecones

Once your pinecones are looking all shiny and new you can get on with crafting / decorating.

pinecones and conkers

~This also work rather well on small pieces of driftwood, larger pieces do well left outside to dry naturally~

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  1. I never thought to do this, but it makes so much sense! Would you link this tutorial to Friday Favorites at
    Party goes live tonight! laura

  2. What great tips.....I wouldn't have thought of doing this!

  3. I have two whole bags of pine cones that I collected a few years ago and have never used. Now tell me what to do with them!

  4. Wow, what a great tip! I didn't even know they closed when wet and opened when dry - that's amazing! x

  5. Great idea, never thought about cleaning them, thanks for sharing.

  6. What a great idea, wouldn't have thought of doing this! #svouringtheseason

  7. I often bring them in for photos...doing this now!

  8. Love this Amanda!! I have had bug infested conkers this year... any tips for them?! Thanks so much for linking up to #SavouringtheSeason... so sorry I'm late stopping by!


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