When the holidays get closer, I start to feel the need to craft. Nostalgia for a homemade Christmas gets me fired up to start baking cookies and whip up a fragrant winter wreath. That’s usually about the time I realize I’m a terrible baker, and I have no idea how to fashion evergreens into anything that wouldn’t be utterly embarrassing on the front door.
So when I find a craft that I can make successfully, especially on the first attempt, I get pretty excited. In fact, I was so excited about it that we had to include the project in Essential Glow, my new book filled with wellness, beauty, and home recipes and DIYs made with essential oils.
These dipped pine cones are so easy that I feel compelled to add: your kids can make them with you!
Here’s how we made ours:
DIY Wax-Dipped Pine Cone Fire Starters
These festive fire starters do double duty because the wax is scented with cinnamon essential oil. They look lovely as a centerpiece, and they smell amazing when used to start a cozy fire in the fireplace.
- Soy wax flakes
- Crayons, optional (you will need several of the same color)
- Pine cones
- Cinnamon essential oil
Melt the wax and add 2–3 crayons if you want color. If you just want white, the soy wax flakes are all you need. If you want red, use more than 1 crayon to make it less pink. Add a dozen or so drops of cinnamon essential oil.
Dip the pine cones once and set them on wax paper to dry. Keep dipping and drying to create a thick layer of wax on the pine cones. As the melted wax cools and thickens, it makes it easier to get a thicker coat of wax on each dip.
After the pine cones dry, carefully arrange them in a basket or bowl. If you keep them around as decor instead of burning them, you can freshen the scent with a few drops of essential oil as needed.
Here are the red (okay, pink!) ones I did. What Christmas crafts are on your to-do list? You can find tons more easy essential oil recipes in Essential Glow!
Photos by Ana Stanciu
FAQs about Pine Cone Fire Starters
What are pine cone fire starters?
Pine cone fire starters are a natural and easy-to-make alternative to traditional fire starters. They are made by dipping dry pine cones in melted wax, which creates a natural and effective way to start a fire.
How do I make pine cone fire starters?
To make pine cone fire starters, you will need dry pine cones, wax (such as soy or paraffin), a double boiler or wax melting pot, wax paper, and essential oils (optional). Melt the wax in the double boiler or melting pot, dip the pine cones into the wax, and place them on wax paper to dry. You can also add essential oils for a pleasant scent.
What kind of wax should I use for pine cone fire starters?
You can use either soy wax or paraffin wax to make pine cone fire starters. Soy wax is a natural and eco-friendly option, while paraffin wax is cheaper and more readily available.
How do I store pine cone fire starters?
You can store pine cone fire starters in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use them. To prevent them from sticking together, you can wrap them in wax paper or store them in a plastic bag.
How long do pine cone fire starters burn?
Pine cone fire starters can burn for several minutes, depending on the size of the pine cone and the amount of wax coating it. They are effective at starting fires and can be a great alternative to traditional fire starters.
Can I use essential oils in my pine cone fire starters?
Yes, you can add essential oils to your pine cone fire starters for a pleasant scent. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the melted wax before dipping the pine cones.
Are pine cone fire starters a good gift idea?
Yes, pine cone fire starters can be a great holiday or housewarming gift. They are easy to make and can be customized with different essential oils or decorations.
Can I buy pine cone fire starters at a craft store?
Yes, you can buy pine cone fire starters at some craft stores. However, they are also very easy and inexpensive to make at home using simple materials.
How do I safely use hot wax for crafts or making my homemade fire starter?
Hot wax can be dangerous if not handled properly, so it’s important to take precautions. Always use a double boiler or a wax melting pot to melt the wax, rather than directly heating it on the stove or in the microwave. This helps to prevent overheating and potential fires. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature and keep it below the flash point of the wax. Wear heat-resistant gloves and use a ladle or pouring pitcher to transfer the wax, being careful not to spill or splash it. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case of emergencies. And never leave the hot wax unattended while it’s heating or cooling.110
Kim E Madritsch says
I'm going to order your book as soon as I'm finished with my question for you.
What other wax can be used for the pinecone fire starters, our daughter is allergic to soy, and the pinecones are sooo pretty, I can't wait to make them.
This is such a great idea! I have never seen this one before! My family and the hubs family both have wood fires all winter. This is a great gift idea for the moms.