Chilly nights just beg for a fire in the fireplace. It’s so nice to snuggle up under a favorite blanket in front of a fire and read a good book or enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Sure, you can purchase fire starters at the store, but it’s much more fun to make them at home. These wax fire starters are very similar to a candle, but have combustible items such as dried leaves and pine cones to help get the fire going. I added in some aromatic whole spices and herbs that will fill the house with a lovely smell as the fire burns.
What you need:
soy or beeswax, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, mini pine cones, dried rosemary, cotton wicks, paper muffin liners, muffin pan
Fill the papers with bay leaves, cones, spices and herbs.
Nestle a 1 and 1/2 inch piece of cotton wick into the center of each well.
Melt the wax and pour it into each well, making sure the items are partially submerged in the hot wax. (They don’t have to be completely covered.)
Let cool completely, then remove from the muffin tin. Store in a tin or jar until ready to use!
IMPORTANT: These are only for use in traditional fireplaces. Do not use for gas fireplaces or wood-burning stoves. Can be used outside for campfires. Exercise safety precautions when using.
- 4 cups (about 1 pound) soy wax flakes
- 2-3 cups mini pine cones
- 12 bay leaves
- 6 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
- 2 Tablespoons dried rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon whole dried spices such as cloves and allspice berries
- Twelve 1 and ½ -inch pieces of cotton wick or string
- Standard 12-cup muffin tin
- 12 paper liners
- Old pan, for melting wax
- Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Fill each one with 1 bay leaf, 3-4 mini pine cones, a few pieces of broken cinnamon sticks, and about ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, and a few whole spices. Nestle one of the cotton wicks into the center of each well.
- In an old pan over medium heat, melt the wax flakes. Pour an even amount of wax into each well. If needed, gently press the items down so they are mostly submerged in the wax. (They don't need to be completely covered - just enough to hold them together.) Let cool completely.
- Remove the fire starters from the muffin pan. Store in an airtight jar or tin, or package individually to give away as gifts.
- To use the fire starter, place in the bottom of a fireplace between the logs. Light the wick.