Pinecone Fire Starter Favors

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(Used in this project: Scallop Favor Tags and Small Rectangle Labels in Magnolia style.)

Pinecone fire starters are a fun and useful craft I remember making in Girl Scouts. We melted beeswax in tin cans over the campfire and had fun dipping our pine cones in and then setting them out to dry. We then used them to help start our fires for campfire cooking. Having recently revisited this craft, I realized these fire starters could be a useful and beautiful gift to give. The process is simple enough and would make the perfect favor for a fall or winter wedding. Surprise your guests with this creative favor idea. They will be sure to think of you on their next camping trip!

Pinecone Fire Starters

Supplies Needed:
• White Beeswax
• Dry Pine Cones
• Candle Wick
• Large Tin Can
• Sauce Pan
• Drying Rack
• Tongs

Create your own double boiler by placing a large tin can into a saucepan filled with a few inches of water. Melt your beeswax in the tin can completely. While you are waiting for the wax to melt, wrap the candle wick around each pinecone: leave a few inches of wick at the top and wrap it around the pinecone all the way down to the base.

Once your wax is melted and your pinecones are wrapped, dip each pinecone into the wax. You may want to use a pair of tongs to help rotate the can a little to cover the pinecone completely. Dip each pinecone in once and set on drying rack to dry. Once a little dry you can dip it in again until you get a good covering of wax.

Let your fire starters dry completely and then package them up for gift giving. Tie a scallop tag to each pinecone and place in small brown bags adorned with a label that reads “Flame of Love“.

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Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. She loves crafting, party planning and illustration. Rachel is also the creator of Camp Smartypants– a line of greeting cards, art prints and handmade goodies inspired by summer camp adventures. Visit her website: Camp Smartypants


Comments

  1. Pgf says

    Super idea! Love it. I’m going to make these as an alternative to cookies in Xmas tins.

    One question: I’ve never heard of white beeswax, only the natural yellow kind. Paraffin wax is white. Where do you source white beeswax? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Pamela,

      I found the white beeswax at my local craft supply store. If you can’t find any in your area, Paraffin wax works well too and is actually more flammable than beeswax.

  2. Lisa Tulak says

    What about recycling old candles? Melt down old candles and add essential oil to the unscented ones? This is a great idea and would make a lovely Christmas decoration.

  3. Jill says

    Hi, I was wondering about adding essential oil as well. Will this work? I would love to make these as add-ons to Christmas gifts, and even if people don’t camp or have a fireplace, they could set it out as decoration and enjoy its aroma. Please advise! Thanks.

  4. Andrea says

    Hi!
    I’m definitely making these but I can’t seem to find that cute little bag/box that the pine cones are in! Where can I find and get those?

    Thanks!!

  5. Danielle says

    Is there a particular brand of wax you used? I started making these for my winter wedding this december and the wax doesn’t look as thick as yours

    Thanks!

    Danielle

    • says

      Hi Danielle,

      The beeswax I found at my local craft store wasn’t packaged (it came as a plain brick of wax) so I’m not sure what the exact brand is. Any kind of white beeswax should work! If you want the wax to look thicker, I would dip it into the wax a second or third time to create a thicker coating. Good luck!

    • says

      Hi Marissa,

      I’ve only heard of people using beeswax or paraffin wax for this project, but I’m sure any kind of candle wax should work. I would suggest making one and testing it (use it to light a fire) and see how flammable the wax is (how well it burns).

      Hope this helps!
      -Rachel

  6. Amy says

    Where did you get the little box for your pinecones in the picture? I made these for my winter wedding in January and am looking for a small box like that for them. The has of my favors is 3in…. Hoping for a box that it 4in wide and no more than 2 -2.5in high

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