Go on a pine cone-collecting mission. Then, make up a big batch of pine cone fire starters for your own use and to give as gifts.
Time Required: 30 minutes or less
- Melt wax in a double boiler (do not leave unattended).
- Add a few drops of essential oil to the wax, if desired.
- Add candle dye or a few broken crayon pieces to the wax for color, if desired.
- Dip the first pine cone into the wax using tongs. Coat thoroughly.
- Hold the cone over the melted wax until it stops dripping. Then, place it on a piece of foil or wax paper to dry.
- Repeat with the remaining pine cones.
- Once the wax has hardened, your pine cone fire starters are ready for use. Just stick one in the fireplace with some kindling, and light.
- To dry freshly gathered pine cones, place them on a cookie sheet; and bake them in a 150 degree oven for one to two hours (watching them closely). Once the pine cones open up, they're done.
- For even more fragrance, sprinkle your favorite spice onto the pine cones before the wax has had a chance to dry. Try cinnamon, thyme or rosemary for a delicious scent that will fill your whole house.
- Make up several different colors of fire starters, and display them on your fireplace in a big basket.
- Pine cone fire starters make a great gift. Make them in bulk now, and you'll have plenty on hand for holiday gift giving.
What You Need:
- Dry pine cones
- Wax (candle or crayons stubs, paraffin, beeswax, etc.)
- A double boiler
- Foil or wax paper
- Essentail oils (optional)
- Spices (optional)
- Candle dye or crayons for color (optional)