Pine cones are super cute for lots of crafts and kid’s activities (check out this pine cone Christmas tree activity here). But, did you know that pine cones can have lots of bugs on them? Eeek! Not to mention sticky sap on the outside as well.
In order to get rid of the sap and the bugs, you need to take a few steps to clean the pine cones! This process is very simple, but it takes a little while.
So I would definitely recommend doing this a day or two before your planned activity. Or else, just start earlier in the morning and do the activity in the afternoon.
How To Clean Pine Cones
- pine cones
- white vinegar
- baking sheet
Clean off the pine cones just using your fingers or a small brush.
Make a mixture of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Soak for about 30 minutes.
Take the pine cones out and air dry for about 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 250 and place your pine cones on a baking sheet lined with foil.
Place your pine coned baking sheet into the oven for about 1-2 hours. Make sure to check them every once in a while so that they don’t burn.
Let your pine cones cool down and you should be left with beautifully “glazed” clean pine cones! And now you’re ready to do your activity!
If you get sap on your fingers during this process, put some rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and use that to remove the stickiness. It should come right off!
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