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The scent, the look, the reminder. Is it just me, or do pine cones beckon the feeling of a winter wonderland?  Did you know though, aside from the holiday season and being used on a Christmas tree, they can also provide year long decor for only pennies and a few hours of your time? If you really want to get fancy, they can be spruced up with a twig and berries, or a placed in a decorative basket perched quaintly on a corner hutch, lit with a subtle lamp?  

Now, Pine cones flocked (which look as if snow has freshly fallen on them), or left in their natural color provide all decors from modern to primitive, and can add a splash of nature to any setting in your home (or business!).  Of course, you could buy pre-flocked pines, as well as those that have a delicious aroma of cinnamon that will fill your home, and nose, with that divine smell (Think walking into your local Kroger in December). But, looking at the cost of pre-made pine cones; it's good to know that you can also find them just about anywhere there are pine trees, and, they are free!

So how can one make these tiny bits of beauty?  Google and YouTube offer a variety of instructional videos showing "how-to" flock (be careful with that YouTube serach, one off letter and you will have an entirely different result in your search engine!)  your own pine cones from using Elmer’s glue, to using roofing compound! The easiest way we've personally found, was to use white craft paint and a small paint brush. By dabbing a small amount of paint on each of the pine tips you will get the look of fresh white snow; though note, it may take a coat or two. An additional option to add a little "glam" before the paint fully dries, is to sprinkle clear glitter on a few of the white tips for that snowy glistening look, or even spray paint the pine cone gold or silver prior to flocking!

But what about those pines? Are they all the same? Actually, no! The Coulter pine is the heaviest pine in the world and can weigh up to 10 lbs! (What the Flock!) The Sugar Pine is the longest and measures up to 24” while the Knobcone Pine is the hardest pine cone in the world.  The Jeffrey Pine, also known as “gentle Jeffrey”, ha a significantly different appearance, as the scales are turned inward so they don’t pose a hazard when handled. Fun Fact? According to Pine Cone Festival.com pine nuts (seeds) are available for everyday cooking, becuase the inner bark can be sliced and fried, but this is usually considered for emergency survival, and young male cones can be boiled, baked and eaten (yep, pine cones have a gender…. !).  Interested in attending the Pine Cone Festival? You're in luck! It is a yearly event, held in October in Running Spring, California and it's a free event for the entire family! 

So now that you've been fully educated on the history, types, and uses of pine cones, I encourage you to bring warmth in to your home, or your clients home, with a decor that looks great, but also provides an inviting scent for only a few dollars!


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Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

When I was in California, I loved the Pine Cone Festival in Running Springs and what a great place to pick them up to use in our home decorations.  You are right, displayed correctly they are a wonderful and natural scent for the home!

Jan 31, 2016 11:09 PM
Rosemarie Heindel
Harry Norman Realtors - Big Canoe, GA
Rosemarie Heindel

A Pine Cone Festival? That's a new one on me! But I bet it would be fun. I had no idea pine cones could be eaten. We have plenty of pine cones here in North Georgia but I prefer to decorate with them and not eat them. Thanks for these great tidbits of information about pine cones though. Fascinating!

Feb 01, 2016 01:58 AM