How To Prepare and Preserve Pine Cones…
Solving the problem of sticky sap on pine cones for crafts and projects. It’s easy, quick and permanent!
Problem: Sticky sap on pine cones
Gathering your own pine cones is a great way to save money on projects and crafts, plus you’ll have a fun day and get fresh air while you collect. I collected these Ponderosa pine cones in the forest where hundreds have fallen to the ground.
Before you use them indoors or out, you need to prepare them, removing the sap and any possible bugs.
I want to use these beautiful, large Sugar Pine cones in a project, but they are so sticky and the sap doesn’t come of my fingers. It’s a pain to handle them at all. What can I do?
Solution: Bake the sap off!
Simply bake the pine cones in your oven, 20 minutes at 200º, does the trick! Here’s how:
Preheat the oven to 200º. Line a a cookie sheet with foil. Give the cones good shake outside and pick off any visible pine needles or leaves and lay in a single layer on the sheet. These foot long cones are from the Sugar Pine tree!
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
Remove from the oven and take them outside to cool.
Repeat using the same foil for as many cones as you have. The house will smell wonderfully of musky pine! One bonus is the any bugs will be eradicated, so you can use and decorate with your cones indoors.
I have baked chicken and a pie right afterward with no lingering pine smell or taste. Easy!
After the pine cones have been, you can spray them with clear polyurethane to further preserve them. These I will use in my three pots on my outside patio table. They look wonderful in the snow!