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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Frequently asked questions

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  • Kim Kim on Oct 16, 2020

    How long does it take for the wax to dry?

  • Patinbr 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

  • Pj Pj on Oct 03, 2021

    Could you use old crayons to color the wax?


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  • Kathy Kathy on Oct 05, 2021

    Great job! Those are very pretty and would definitely make a nice gift!

    We have used empty toilet rolls filled with dryer lint then dip with wax, they work wonderfully when starting fires! It’s all free except your wax…I’ve used old candles, old crayons, cheap paraffin…

    Dryer lint makes great fire starters.

  • Linda Ross Linda Ross on Oct 11, 2021

    These would also make pretty Christmas ornaments.