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.
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!
Editor’s Note: Of course any time you are putting something in the oven, don’t leave the kitchen and watch it closely. Arrange the foil so as to keep any sap from dripping into the oven. Do not do this on a stove top or open flame.