I took this picture more than a month ago in my local craft store...long before Halloween:
I'm pretty sure the price tag said $6 for these two gigantic cinnamon scented pinecones. While I don't have pinecones that big in my neighborhood, I figured I could do something just as nice and better for the environment at home.
Pinecones are found in nature so how bad can they for the environment, right? Compared to other manufactured holiday decorations probably not too bad. But if you consider the excess netting, paper price tags, artificial scents and the pollution caused transporting the pinecones from one person's backyard to store shelves, wouldn't you prefer to head outside and collect your own while you enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather?
All you need are some pinecones, a plastic bag and cinnamon essential oil (you won't need a jug of it as in the picture, common jars come in 1 and 3 ounce sizes)
Place a few drops of essential oil down inside the pinecones, you can use a dropper or just pour some into a soft plastic container that you can squeeze to form a little spout. You can use your sniffer as a guide to how much oil to add, but just 3-4 drops per pinecone should do the trick. You can always add more essential oils when the scent fades. Then place them inside a plastic bag overnight to give the oils some time to absorb.
Now just place them amongst your garland or other holiday decorations
You can even just pile them into a bowl and place it anywhere you'd like to freshen your home.