Preparing these delightful little firebombs is easy, and using different colors of wax and adding essential oils, fire-starting pinecones aren’t just super handy, they also look great perched by the fireplace and smell spectacular. Makes a great gift too.  

Step 1

Collect Pinecones

Gather pinecones from your yard, your neighbor’s yard or other green space. Most will be ready for use without any further preparation. If pine cones are damp or compact, they can be dried in an oven set at 150 degrees for an hour to remove moisture and open the petals (keep a close eye on them for reasons of fire safety).

Step 2

Prep Wax

In a double boiler or a metal bowl resting in a pot of water, melt enough wax or paraffin to coat your pine cones. Candle wax or paraffin can be found in many craft stores, or old candle stubs can be used. For scented pine cones, essential oils like cinnamon or eucalyptus can be added at this time. Use approximately 1/2 teaspoon essential oil per quart of melted wax, adjusting as desired. 

Step 3

Dip Cones

Once wax has completely melted, use tongs to dip the pinecones in one at a time, turning to thoroughly coat.

Step 4

Let Drip

Once the pinecone is completely coated, lift from wax and allow the excess to drip off the back into the bowl before drying. 

Step 5

Add Color

Drop old crayons into the wax to add some color. 

Step 6

Lay Out to Dry

Place the pinecones on wax paper to dry. Let them rest undisturbed for 90 minutes to two hours before transferring to a basket, bag or bucket to store. 

Step 7

Light It Up

Waxed pinecones look and smell fantastic and lighting a fire on a cold winter’s night has never been so easy. Fire-starting pine cones also make a fun and crafty gift presented in an attractive basket or packed into large decorative jars. Share the warmth!