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Kick The Bugs And Bake Pine Cones

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With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, my brain is on DIY overload. Ryan and I have been tossing DIY gifts around, but currently I’m more focused on decor. Well, more specifically, I’ve got all things pine cone running through my head. We have had a bunch around our driveway just begging to be scooped up and made pretty.

I’m not sure exactly what I want to create just yet. Should I make a wreath or a pine cone tree like my mom used to make when I was a kid? I don’t know if I should use them to decorate the table or use them to decorate the screened-in porch. There is only one thing for sure, not a single pine cone craft can begin without having baked the bugs out of the pine cones first.

Little insects living in the pine cones never even crossed my mind until I wanted to bring my loot in. I don’t know why it never crossed my mind before. Just a word to the wise, do not bring pine cones inside without giving them a few good shakes first. Actually, don’t bring them in until they have been shaken and baked. Shake and bake, you read that right.

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How to bake pine cones to clean them

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

To knock some bugs out before the big bake, I lightly tapped the pine cones against the ground outside. While still outside, I placed a single layer of pine cones on a baking sheet lined with foil. (There was no way I was bringing those bug infested cones into our house without being on the tray.)

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Bake for 25-30 minutes (watch closely).

After reading about how some folks accidentally burned their pine cones, I decided to sprinkle a little water over them before popping the baking sheet in the oven for 25-30 minutes. This is when you want to find a good book to read or project that you can work on in the kitchen because you don’t want to leave the pine cones unattended. Talk about a DIY project gone wrong.

Once the cones were removed from the oven, I let them cool for a minute and placed them in containers while I repeated the whole process over and over. I had hours worth of cones; it was kind of crazy. My cup runneth over.

Baking pine cones might be my new favorite fall scents. Unfortunately, it’s now a smell that is sure to trigger the memory of innocent little bugs that met their end in the oven. Oh the guilt.

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Now that I have my pine cones cleaned and ready to roll, I really need to settle on a project…or four.

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