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How to Make Fire Starter Pine Cone Crafts

An easy way to make beautiful pine cone fire starters! These charming waxed pine cones look lovely as holiday decor, and are functional and useful for helping to start a roaring fire on a cozy evening. Learn how to make this pine cone craft for holiday gifts and more.

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Pine Cone Fire Starters

Have you ever heard of a pine cone fire starter? This beautiful little pine cone craft is soothing and satisfying to make, beautiful to display, and totally useful as well!

Pine cone fire starters, once made, can be stacked along with newspaper and kindling when building a cozy fire in your fireplace. The pine cones will catch then burn slowly, helping to ensure the firewood lights and your fire takes off.

I also just love how beautiful they are on display! I think they’d make lovely gifts or a great pine cone craft to make together with friends, family, or kids.

You can see more ideas down below on how to use and display them.

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More Holiday and Pine Cone Crafts

Pine cones are one of my favorite craft materials to use around the holidays for a few reasons!

In many areas, you can find or forage them for free! Major plus. I also love crafting with natural materials which are renewable, and which you can give a fresh life.

It feels so much better than purchasing mass-produced materials.

And finally, they give your crafts a woodsy, natural feel that’s perfect for the winter holidays.

I took a moment to round up more of our best pine cone crafts and other natural holiday DIYS. I think you’re going to love these!

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How to Turn These Into Pine Cone Christmas Ornaments

After you create your pine cone fire starters (the tutorial is below!), you can use them in lots of different ways! I think they actually look really beautiful as Christmas ornaments adorning a tree.

To make pine cone ornaments out of your fire starters, simply use some thin wire (jewelry wire works well) to wrap a thin loop around the upper, unwaxed layers of your pine cone.

Twist the wire into a loop that sits above the pine cone. You can either loop this around a branch on your tree to hang, or hook an additional ornament hook through the wire to hang.

Do note that the waxed pine cones are fairly heavy, so they’ll need to hang on a sturdy branch.

Supplies You’ll Need

Here’s what you’ll need to create your own pine cone fire starter crafts.

How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

  1. Start by melting your beeswax. Pour 2 cups of pastilles into a candle pouring pot, placed in a pot of water. Turn the heat on and heat until completely melted, stirring occasionally.
  2. If you’d like to color your wax, break up one crayon and place it in the melted wax. Wait for the crayon to completely melt.
  3. Next, start dipping your pine cones. I chose to leave the upper end of my pine cones without wax. However, if you would like them to be fully covered, you can wrap a wire around your cone so that you can fully submerge it under the wax.
  4. Set up either a plate or a few small cups to hold your pine cones while the wax layers cool. After each dip, gently roll and twirl your cone over the melted wax to release any excess wax. Then place the cone in your cup or on your plate to cool for a moment.
  5. Repeat the dipping steps until your pine cone fire starters are covered with wax to your liking! For fire starters, you won’t need as thick a layer of wax as is shown here. However, I wanted to display that a thick layer of wax also looks lovely for decorations or display.
  6. Once all of your pine cones have cooled, set them out on display, add hooks and hang on your tree, or use them to help make cozy fires in your fireplace.
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wax melting on stove
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pine cone wax craft
pine cone wax craft

How to Display Pine Cone Christmas Decorations

Whether you plan to use your pine cone crafts as fire starters or you just want to display them with your Christmas decorations, there are lots of beautiful ways to show them off!

  • Place them in a bowl lined with faux greenery near the fireplace.
  • Add them to a winter or holiday table centerpiece.
  • Accent a hearth or mantel with a few waxed pinecones.

Pine Cone Gift Ideas

These pine cone fire starters would make amazing handmade holiday gifts!

Wrap up a few for each of your neighbors, along with a bottle of wine or some homemade treats.

Attach a gift tag to each one with a fire pun and give them as wedding or shower favors — I love this idea! (“You Light My Fire,” or “Our Love Burns Strong,” or something similar would work perfectly.

These pine cone crafts would even make great holiday teacher gifts. Totally unique and totally lovely.

If you try and love this DIY be sure to rate it below. Have fun! xoxo

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How to Make Fire Starter Pine Cone Crafts

Yield: Pine Cone Fire Starters
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $10

An easy way to make beautiful pine cone fire starters! These charming waxed pine cones look lovely as holiday decor, and are functional and useful for helping to start a roaring fire on a cozy evening. Learn how to make this pine cone craft for holiday gifts and more.

Materials

  • pine cones
  • bees wax pastilles
  • crayons
  • drip catcher dishes or plates

Tools

  • pot
  • candle making pot

Instructions

pine cone crafts

  1. Start by melting your beeswax. Pour 2 cups of pastilles into a candle melting pot, placed in a pot of water. Turn the heat on and heat until completely melted, stirring occasionally.
  2. If you'd like to color your wax, break up one crayon and place it in the melted wax. Wait for the crayon to completely melt.
  3. Next, start dipping your pine cones. I chose to leave the upper end of my pine cones without wax. However, if you would like them to be fully covered, you can wrap a wire around your cone so that you can fully submerge it under the wax.
  4. Set up either a plate or a few small cups to hold your pine cones while the wax layers cool. After each dip, gently roll and twirl your cone over the melted wax to release any excess wax. Then place the cone in your cup or on your plate to cool for a moment.
  5. Repeat the dipping steps until your pine cone fire starters are covered with wax to your liking! For fire starters, you won't need as thick a layer of wax as is shown here. However, I wanted to display that a thick layer of wax also looks lovely for decorations or display.
  6. Once all of your pine cones have cooled, set them out on display, add hooks and hang on your tree, or use them to help make cozy fires in your fireplace.

Notes

After you create your pine cone fire starters (the tutorial is below!), you can use them in lots of different ways! I think they actually look really beautiful as Christmas ornaments adorning a tree.

To make pine cone ornaments out of your fire starters, simply use some thin wire (jewelry wire works well) to wrap a thin loop around the upper, unwaxed layers of your pine cone.

Twist the wire into a loop that sits above the pine cone. You can either loop this around a branch on your tree to hang, or hook an additional ornament hook through the wire to hang.

Do note that the waxed pine cones are fairly heavy, so they'll need to hang on a sturdy branch.

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