Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remove Pine Cone Scales Without Pliers


Video tutorial on how I removed the scales from a pine cone without using
pliers. I'll write out the steps here but it'll be more fun watching the video! So check out the full tutorial on youtube right here ~ and please subscribe while you are there so you can get all the latest tutorials as they are uploaded

Pine cones or pinecones. I wasn't sure if it was one word or two so looked it up and the word is spelled correctly both ways so I'll keep spelling it the way I always have, pine cone!

*This method will not work for thick, woody scales

First dry your cones

lay them out on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. There will be sap that drips so make sure to line the pan!
Bake the cones at 275 or 300 for about one hour then turn them and bake for another hour. Drying time will depend on how wet the cones are so just keep checking on them. They are done when all the scales are open.

Now to descale them

After the cones are cool,  run your hand over them from the tip to the base and pull the scales in the opposite direction that they grew in. Doing this makes the scales easier to get at. Cut the top off about 2-3 inches down from the tip of the cone. Using scissors start cutting the scales free!

And that's it, now all that's left is to enjoy crafting with the pine cone scales!

Thanks for stopping by and come back to see where these scales end up.. I've got ideas!



  1. This was very interesting. I am going to have to go and find some pine cones to dry. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    Oshawa, Canada

  2. I am so happy I found you I can't wait to get started. Thank you for taking the time to share. Suzy from Michigan

  3. I'm using your method on my very first fairy house, and it's working great! Thank you so much !


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