DIY Pine Cone Fire Starter Kit

Fire starter pine cone gift
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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

  • Box, basket, or desired vessel to place gift

  • Ribbon

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue

  • Foil or wax paper

  • Old pot

Materials needed
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Step 1

If your wax comes in a block, cut it into several small pieces.

Cut wax into small pieces
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Step 2

Place the wax in a can.

Wax in can
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Step 3

Cut the metal from a piece of wick.

Cut metal from wick
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Step 4

Wrap the wick around a pine cone, making sure you leave approximately two inches at the top. Set aside.

Wick around pine cone
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Step 5

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.

Melting wax in can.
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Step 6

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.

Dip cone in wax
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Step 7

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.

Pine cones on foil paper.
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Step 8

Pour any leftover wax over the pine cones with a spoon.

Dripping wax onto pine cones
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Step 9

Continue this process until you have the desired amount of wax covering the cones. Allow to dry.

Waxed pine cones
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Step 10

Cut off any excess wick.

Cut excess wick off pine cones
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Step 11

Place the shredded paper at the bottom of the basket or box.

Shredded paper inside basket
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Step 12

Place the matches inside a small jar.

Matches inside jar
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Step 13

Cut the striking strip off of the matchbox, and then hot glue the strip onto the top of the lid of the jar.

Striking strip on top of lid.
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Step 14

Arrange the pine cones and jar inside the basket. For extra detail, add greenery, a ribbon, and a tag.

Pine cone fire starter gift
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Fire starter kit gift
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Lucy Akins

Lucy Akins

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.