Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins
These make nice wintertime gifts.
- candle paraffin wax or paraffin wax
- candle food coloring (or old candle stubs_ Essential oil (optional)
- wax-coated string, for wicks
- wax paper
- Melt wax in top of double boiler over boiling water or melt the wax in a coffee can in a pot of boiling water on the stove.
- Make sure that there is enough candle wax or paraffin so that pine cones may be dipped.
- Use extreme caution as paraffin is extremely flammable.
- After wax has melted, stir in the candle coloring (or old candle stubs) and essential oil.
- Lower the heat.
- Thread a wick through the petals of the pine cone, letting about one inch hang over the tip of the pine cone.
- Using the tongs, dip the pinecone into the wax.
- Hold over the pot for a couple seconds to let the wax harden slightly.
- Re-dip the pine cone into the melted wax.
- Re-dip as needed until the pine cone is well-coated.
- Set on wax paper to harden completely.
- To light a fire, put a pine cone fire starter between the logs and light the wick.