DIY Pine Cone Fire-Starters

Pine Cones with Wax on the Bottom

I may be the last one to the party on these… but if I’ve never heard of them… maybe I’m not the only one! I was on Ellie Tennant’s blog checking out her new book, Design Bloggers At Home. When I saw a post on DIY fire-starter pine cones! Awesome. I’m obsessed with sitting by our fireplace and my son and I just collected a bunch of sweet baby pine cones.

There are all kinds of variations (including ones that use glitter-I believe you can’t have too much glitter in your life but I was pretty lazy today so mine are au naturel). Best of all I had all of this stuff at home!

You need:

  • Pine Cones
  • Cupcake wrappers
  • Tealight candles
  • Baking sheet

3 Little Pine Cones on their wax


  • Remove each candle from its metal cup and pull off the little metal piece on the bottom of each candle. If the wick comes out with it, just clip it off and set it to the side. You’ll use that wick in a minute.
  • Put one candle in each wrapper and place on baking sheet.
  • Stick them in the oven on low. I set my oven at 250 but didn’t wait for it to come to temperature. It took less than 5 minutes for these to melt, so don’t walk away.Take them out as soon as they’re melted.
  • Move the wicks over to the edge so they’ll still be usable as a wick. I used a fork to move them.
  • Stick the pine cone in the wax while still hot and then let cool.
  • Remove the cupcake wrapper.

Pop some in a paper back and tie it with a ribbon for the next time you need a hostess gift.Then pour yourself a glass of wine and curl up by the fire! 

Bowl of Pine Cone Firestarters

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