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.
What you will need:
- Medium sized pine cones
- Paraffin or candle stubs
- Wicks from the stubs
- Red and green crayons
- Muffin tins
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.
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.
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.