Pine cones gathered from outdoors can be buggy or dirty. These steps will clean them completely:
Only select pine cones that are in good condition. Don’t pick up any that are mushy or rotting or especially buggy.
Brush or shake off visible dirt or webbing.
Optional: soak in a bowl with 2 parts water 1 part white vinegar for 15-30 minutes. Let air dry on towels or paper towels for several hours.
Bake in the oven at 250 degrees for one hour. Watch them carefully and check often. Flip halfway through for even drying.
These steps are optional but will ensure your cones are clean and bug-free, which is important if you want to use them for indoor decor.
How to get closed pine cones to open
Pinecones tend to close up as they get wet. To get them to fully open up, simply let them dry out. You can do this – very carefully – in the oven at 250 degrees. Or, set them inside for a few days. Assuming they aren’t soaking wet, they will dry out quickly.
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