Firestarter Pine Cones (Beautiful Gift!)

5 Materials
30 Minutes

It's the season for being cozy! And who wouldn't love a basket of these beautiful fire starters for their campfires? If you are looking for a stunning gift that's simple to make, then make a batch of these (they are so easy!).

The wax and pinecones act as natural kindling to help get fires going in a fire pit or campfire. (Yes, they can be used in an indoor fireplace. But you might not want the wax or sap from the pinecones building up in your fireplace. Just an FYI.)

Package them up in a basket, or wrap individually in cellophane, for a great gift. Perfect hostess gift!

  • 8-10 pine cones
  • 6 cups of grated beeswax
  • Essential oil (pick your favorite)
  • Candle coloring or natural dye
  • String 
Tie a Hanging Loop

Take about 1 foot of string and wrap it around the pine cone. Tie it at the top with a loop.


Here's what it should look like. It makes it easier to dip.

Dip in Wax

Melt the beeswax in a saucepan that you don’t mind getting waxy. Once the wax is melted portion out into disposable tin bowls and add coloring and essential oil. You will need about 6 drops of essential oils per bowl.

(A cinnamon essential oil would be nice!)

Dip the pine cones in and let dry between coats. I did two coats and that worked well for me. 

Let dry on a parchment lined tray

Use as a Fire Starter

Carefully toss one pine cone into a fire that you are getting ready to burn.

Always be careful around the fire. The wax and pine cones will help the fire to start faster, so be careful. And pine cones can pop in a fire, sending little bits flying, so be sure to have a screen up.

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 9 questions
  • Linda
    on Oct 16, 2020

    Can you use paraffin instead of wax

  • Kim
    on Oct 16, 2020

    How long does it take for the wax to dry?

  • Patinbr
    on Oct 26, 2020

    Does anyone know if it is possible to open up pedals on closed pine cones? I am not able to find the large pine cones here in Baton Rouge. I would love to have someone ship me a box full and I will pay for shipping. They need to be at least 7 inches tall w/ pedals open

    • Bobbie Miller
      Bobbie Miller
      on Nov 3, 2020

      Pine cones usually close up when they get wet. If you are in a hurry put them in the oven and bake for about 2 hrs at 200degrees.I find some of them do not open all the way. I do have some large ones if you are interested..Let me know if still interested

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  • Jennie Gleason
    Jennie Gleason
    on Oct 16, 2020


  • Miranda
    on Oct 18, 2020

    I think I would just spray paint them different colors and put in basket. I've had a bag of pinecones I purchased about 2 years ago (don't know why I bought them) but now you gave me an idea to paint them.. I'll put them outside :)

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