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How to Clean Pine Cones in 3 Easy Steps

I'm going to show you how to clean, prepare and decorate pine cones in three easy steps. Lucky for me, I was able to find pine cones right in my backyard.  Actually, the pine cones came from my neighbors trees, but they fell into my yard.  I walked around the yard and collected several that were perfect specimens.  First, I had to clean them. They had a lot of grass and dirt on them, so I wet them a little bit to see if I could get rid of some of that gunk . During this rinsing process I noticed that the pine cones started to close up. This is natural. They usually open up again during the baking process.   So let's talk about the cleaning process.  One of the tutorials I researched suggested letting the pine cones soak for a couple of hours,  so I  soaked my pine cones for about 3 hours in a mixture of water and vinegar . Use 3 parts water/1 part vinegar. After about one hour of soaking, wipe as much sap and dirt off each pine cone, then let them soak a while longer. Next,  pl