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How to Bake Pinecones

How to Bake Pinecones

Decorating with pinecones is very popular, you can literally pick them up anywhere. Trust me, you will want to bake the pinecones before you craft with them!

Bake a pinecone before crafting with it.

If you decorate with pinecones, you’re going to want to bake them.

They are beautiful and natural and may have been highjacked by insects.

Bake them to get rid of insects and sap.

Before crafting be sure to bake your pine cones

How to Bake A Pinecone 

1.  Preheat oven to 250°

2.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

3.  Place a single layer of pinecones on the lined pan.

4. Bake for 30-45 minutes.

5.  Don’t leave the kitchen-it gets hot in there with those pinecones 🙂

6.  Remove from oven and use tongs, cool on a flat surface for 24 hours and decorate them 🙂

How to bake a pinecone


Bake pine cones before crafting with them

Smells great!

Bake pine cones a must before crafting

Hot, hot, hot!

How to bake pine cones for crafting

Let them cool.

How to bake a pinecone


What’s in your oven today??

How to add Ribbon to Pine Cones:

How to add ribbon to pine cones

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  1. Thank you soooo much for answering my question. I will definitely follow your directions to the letter. Again, Thank You!

  2. So glad to find this page! I have been trying to sanitize pine cones, but using the vinegar and water method, soaking them for 30 minutes, followed by baking them anywhere from 200 to 300 degrees for up to an hour and a half. I tried soaking them for only 10 minutes and they hadn’t closed up too much, but as soon as I put them in the oven they closed completely! After baking for up to an hour and half they still don’t open up as pretty as before they received the treatment. And I am too impatient to just let them air dry! 🙂

    I thought about just baking them, but firsts round had temp too high! Won’t go there! Second attempt I set temp at 250 and baked them for 10 minutes, watching them closely. Then I did a search on whether this method would be a good option and found this information! I have baked them at 300 degrees, but they were wet. Thanks so much!

  3. I want to put baking clay on them first but the clay needs to be baked at 270 for over an hour. Will the pinecones still be ok when they come out?

  4. Thanks for the tip – I hadn’t even thought about bugs… eeewwww! I’m assuming the 250 degrees is in fahrenheit? (I’m in NZ where we use celcius). Thanks.

  5. You can also put them in a ziploc in the freezer overnight .

  6. I collected pine cones today for the first time here in Scotland as hoping to make some type of christmas decoration(??) had no idea you had to bake them??!! I take it no fire risk with this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. This is such a good idea. They don’t catch on fire though???

  8. Great tip Debbie, I’m doing this today!

  9. What a great tip! I have tons of pine cones from the outdoors and I always just soak them and dry them out. Never thought of baking them to kill everything. What a great idea! Must try this.

  10. well, I can honestly say that there are no pinecones in my oven …but what a great idea to kill the little critters….thanks for this great tip…xo

  11. Thanks for posting this! I do the same thing with Acorns! I don’t like “surprise visitors” in my home at the holidays (or any other time)…particularly the 6 or 8 legged varieties! 🙂

  12. Thanks! We live in a cabin in the woods and would soak them in bleach water, but will try this idea next time. Did you wash them before or after to get any dust off them?

  13. I never knew this about baking a pine cone. Thanks for the info.

  14. What a useful tip thanks Debbie. 🙂

  15. I have never heard of baking a pine cone! Makes sense though. My son was reading along with me & was afraid you were going to eat them! Lol

  16. I wish I had done that with my dyed acorns … I’ve been finding weevils in the bottom of the vase every day. I was sure the dye would kill them!

  17. How smart are you!!! Brilliant…I will be baking my pine cones from here on out!

  18. Debbie, I’m so glad that you posted this. I had Leo to pick up some humongous pine cones last week. It’s going to be a pine cone Christmas this year and we don’t want to be scratching, etc!!!

  19. I never seen people doing that! but it is definitely a great idea!

  20. I read this post. I followed it EXACTLY. I don’t know what I did wrong but my pinecones TASTED AWFUL! ; ) Such a great tip and great post…for real! You always have such great posts! Getting ready to Pin and Share! Love, Me http://www.youaretalkingtoomuch.com

  21. What a great tipe! Who knew..not me:)

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