How To Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

Nothing makes you think of Christmas and the holidays like the smells and aromas of the season. Pine cones have a wonderful holiday aroma and this is a great way to keep your home smelling like the holidays when company arrives. You can make extra and fill wicker baskets full to give as a wonderful homemade gift to all of your family and friends.

Step 1

What you will need:

  • Medium sized pine cones
  • Paraffin or candle stubs
  • Wicks from the stubs
  • Red and green crayons
  • Muffin tins

Step 2

Make sure the pine cones are dry and fully opened. And make sure that the bottom of the cones will fit into the muffin tins.

Step 3

Melt the paraffin or candle stubs in a double boiler over hot water. Do not place the boiler directly on the heat, as paraffin has a very low flash point and may catch fire. Dip each cone in the paraffin to coat completely. Remove and cool. Pour paraffin 1/2 inch deep into the muffin cups. Insert a wick so it comes out on the side. Just before the paraffin hardens, press a pine cone into the top. Then let the paraffin harden. Dip the bottom of the muffin tins into hot water to loosen, and remove the fire starters.

Step 4

Melt a small amount of paraffin in a small pan. Tint the wax red or green by melting a crayon into it. Cool slightly. Dip the bottom of each fire starter into the colored paraffin. Dry on waxed paper.

To use, place a fire starter under kindling and light the wick. A basket of pine cone fire starters is a pleasant promise of cozy nights to come. Keep some on your hearth, and make extra for gifts. As they burn, the aroma of the pine cone will fill the air.


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