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This beautiful pine cone fire starter kit would make the perfect homemade gift for homeowners with a hearth. Imagine placing these pine cones in a roaring fire on a cold winter night? The scent, the crackling sounds — heaven!
Things You'll Need
If your wax comes in a block, cut it into several small pieces.
Place the wax in a can.
Cut the metal from a piece of wick.
Wrap the wick around a pine cone, making sure you leave approximately two inches at the top. Set aside.
Fill the pot with approximately five inches of water and place the can inside the pot. Bring the water to a boil and turn the temperature down to medium heat. Carefully stir the wax with a wooden stick or plastic spoon.
Warning: The metal can get extremely hot. Please use oven mitts and extreme caution when handling.
Once the wax is completely melted, turn off the heat. Allow the wax to cool for approximately one minute. Holding onto the wick, carefully dip the pine cone into the wax.
Warning: Please use extra caution when handling the hot wax.
Place the dipped pine cone on a piece of aluminum foil or wax paper and allow to cool. Repeat these steps for each pine cone.
Pour any leftover wax over the pine cones with a spoon.
Continue this process until you have the desired amount of wax covering the cones. Allow to dry.
Cut off any excess wick.
Place the shredded paper at the bottom of the basket or box.
Place the matches inside a small jar.
Cut the striking strip off of the matchbox, and then hot glue the strip onto the top of the lid of the jar.
Arrange the pine cones and jar inside the basket. For extra detail, add greenery, a ribbon, and a tag.
Lucy Akins is an artist, photographer, blogger, and speaker living in Toronto, Ontario. Her work has been published in several magazines, including: Cottages and Bungalows, American Farmlife Style, National Geographic Kids, Better Homes and Gardens, and more. Lucy enjoys sharing her passion for watercolor, decorating and creating as she believes there is an artist in all of us. When not creating, Lucy can be found enjoying time with her husband, their three children and their energetic Aussie pup, Brody.