How to make a pine cone fire starter?
How to make a pine cone fire starter? Making pine cone fire starters is a fun and easy DIY project that can also be a thoughtful handmade gift. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Materials Needed:
  • Pine cones
  • Wax (beeswax, paraffin wax, or old candles)
  • Double boiler or a heatproof bowl and pot
  • Essential oils (optional for scent)
  • Cotton wicks or twine
  • Newspaper or old cardboard
  • Tongs
  • Protective covering for your work surface (newspaper or old tablecloth)
  • Muffin tin or parchment paper (optional, for drying)

  1. Collect and Prepare Pine Cones:
    • Collect pine cones from outside. Make sure they are dry and clean. If they are dirty or have bugs, you can bake them in the oven at 200°F (93°C) for 30 minutes to clean and dry them.
  2. Melt the Wax:
    • Set up a double boiler by placing a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Alternatively, use a dedicated pot you don’t mind potentially ruining with wax.
    • Add wax to the bowl or top part of the double boiler and allow it to melt completely. If using old candles, remove the wicks before melting.
    • (Optional) Add a few drops of essential oils to the melted wax for a pleasant scent.
  3. Prepare Your Workspace:
    • Cover your work surface with newspaper or an old tablecloth to catch any drips.
    • If using a muffin tin, line each cup with parchment paper. Otherwise, prepare a drying area with parchment paper or newspaper.
  4. Attach Wicks to Pine Cones:
    • Cut the wicks or twine into pieces long enough to tie around the top of the pine cones with a bit of excess to light. Securely tie the wicks around the top of each pine cone.
  5. Dip the Pine Cones:
    • Use tongs to hold a pine cone by the wick or top. Dip the pine cone into the melted wax, ensuring it’s fully coated.
    • Lift the pine cone out of the wax and let the excess drip off for a few seconds. Place the pine cone on the prepared drying area.
    • Repeat the dipping process 2-3 times, allowing the wax to cool and harden slightly between dips for a thicker coating.
  6. Dry and Set:
    • Let the wax-coated pine cones dry completely. This may take a few hours to overnight, depending on the temperature and humidity.
  7. Store or Package:
    • Once fully dry, your pine cone fire starters are ready to use. Store them in a dry place or package them as gifts.

  • Use colored wax for a decorative touch.
  • If you want to add more flair, sprinkle some dried herbs (like rosemary or lavender) or glitter on the pine cones after the first dip in wax while it’s still warm.

  • To use the fire starter, place it among the kindling in your fireplace or fire pit and light the wick. The wax will help the pine cone burn steadily, making it easier to start a fire.

These pine cone fire starters are not only practical but also add a rustic charm to any fireplace or campfire setup.