Pinecone Fire Starters

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By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.

I  heard on the news the other day that there was snow on the ground in forty-nine out of the fifty contiguous states, the only exception being Florida, where it was below freezing, but dry. It is definitely winter, and a lot of us are staying in where it’s cozier, and what’s cozier than a crackling fire in the fireplace or woodstove?

Here’s how you can make something decorative for you hearth that will also help you get the fire started.

You’ll need:

  • Candle stubs and crayons in the color you prefer
  • Pine cones
  • A double boiler, or similar pan + pan assemblage

Set up your double boiler, or do as I did and use an old tin or coffee can set in a pot of water, to melt your candles and crayons. The crayons are primarily to add color if the candle stubs you have aren’t richly enough colored; you may not need to add any.

Wax is highly flammable, so use low heat, and don’t leave the room while you’re doing it.

While the wax is melting, tie a length of string around each of the pinecones, long enough for dipping the cones in the melted wax, if you like. You can use your bare hands, but be sure the wax isn’t too hot!

When the wax is melted, dip the cones in it, and lay them to dry on newspapers. You may need to dip them more than once, and experiment a bit. If the wax is too warm, it won’t coat the cones. If it’s too cool, it will be globby. (Is that a word?) In the first case, let the wax cool a little, and in the second, reheat a bit, and re-dip.

Once the pinecones have set up nicely, cut the strings off, and pile them in a pretty basket, adding a bow or bit of greenery, and set them near your hearth, ready to use while adding a decorative touch to the room.

To use: Lay your fire with crumpled paper as the bottom layer, a pinecone or two next, perhaps a few more sticks of kindling, and then your largest pieces of wood.

Added bonus: If you’ve used scented candles, your basket of pinecones will also scent the room!

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About Anitra

Anitra Cameron had the good fortune to be born into a family where creativity ran rampant. Her father has authored several books and worked as a photographer and her mother hand-painted portraits. Anitra’s favorite crafts to make are: Jewelry (especially using buttons), collaged book marks, miniature cake stands, all from recycled materials. Anitra’s moto: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” Live with that long enough and you’ll never want to throw anything away, so best to turn it into art! Anitra lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, where their combined family’s total seven children, and (so far) seventeen grandchildren. Recently Anitra became a great-grandmother of a darling little boy! You can find more of Anitra’s work at “Coffee Pot People”.

4 thoughts on “Pinecone Fire Starters

  1. PineConeLady

    Terrific Site! The coated pinecones always look great! A less messy way to make them is to use muffin tins. { Directions on PineConeLady } Great photos. It’s something I still need to do on my site! LOL
    Thanks so much for Sharing! ~ PCL

  2. jeanette wyatt

    i love this. its simple and i have these three things on hand. i will make a gift for fireplace having person.

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