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Scented pinecone centrepiece: Easy festive table decorating idea that’s affordable and sustainable

Christmas planning is well and truly in full swing. The kids and I have put up our Christmas tree, pressies are being wrapped, and I’m starting to add other pockets of Christmas decor around the home.

This year, I’m looking for ways to decorate my home without buying everything new. Along with this, I’m going for a more simple Christmas look — nothing too over the top! It’s inspiring me to be more creative and sustainable: Introducing my scented pinecone centrepiece! This truly is the most simple and cheap Christmas decor idea that hardly needs a tutorial but I’ll give it to you anyway…

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Make an earthy Christmas centrepiece
You can put this scented pinecone centrepiece on your Christmas table, or add a styling moment to your coffee table or sideboard

Items you will need:

  • Bowl or tray of your choice
  • Tealight candle holder (I bought this glass one from Bed Bath N’ Table)
  • Collection of pinecones (you can forage these or buy them from the dollar store)
  • Essential oil of your choice
Items you will need to make Christmas scented pinecone centrepiece
Items you will need to make this sustainable Christmas centrepiece


1. Place your tea light candle holder in the centre of your tray or large bowl.

Place tealight candle on tray

2. Then position pinecones around your tea light. You could add even more pinecones than me for a fuller look or nestle some pine sprigs in between for a touch of greenery.

Arrange pinecones around the tealight

3. Fragrance your pinecones by adding 3-5 drops of essential oil to each pinecone. I used a Christmas essential oil but you could use any fragrance you like, such as cinnamon or clove.

Make your home smell like Christmas with this scented pinecone centrepiece

4. Finally, light your tea light candle and it’s done! I did say it didn’t need a tutorial, ha ha!

Light candle
Scented pinecone centrepiece

What do you think of this effortless Christmas table decor idea? It would look just as great on your coffee table or sideboard. You can also find more sustainable Christmas decorating ideas in this article. Drop me a comment below to let me know how you’re styling your home for Christmas.

More Christmas ideas

Birdseye view of pine cone centrepiece
Finished Christmas scented pinecone centrepiece

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Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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