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
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.
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.
The heat will dry them out resulting in the pinecones opening back up.
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.
Once your pinecones are looking all shiny and new you can get on with crafting / decorating.
~This also work rather well on small pieces of driftwood, larger pieces do well left outside to dry naturally~