You Will Need:
Pine Cones (Search outdoors or purchase at craft stores)
Beeswax Pastilles - White, Unrefined
Fragrance Oil (Optional)
Mica or Glitter (Optional)
- Candle Wick
- Hemp Cord
- Silicone Mold
- Muffin Tin
- Other "found" containers that are heat-proof (like ramekins, small bowls or dishes)
Phase 2: Melt beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Remove from heat and add optional fragrance, stirring well to incorporate.
Phase 3: When wax is melted, pour a small amount in the base of each of your molds and center a wicked pine cone in the wax to anchor it. Carefully fill molds to between 1/2" and 3/4" deep. Allow to cool completely before removing from your mold. If using "found" containers, oil them well prior to filling to facilitate the removal of the pine cone candle when it is cool.
Phase 4: If decorating with mica or glitter, lightly sprinkle the pine cone while wax base is still liquid. You may prefer to use a small paintbrush to apply mica/glitter in a more precise fashion. Remember that the finished product will be burned, so mica/glitter is simply a decorative touch and not necessary for the cones to function as fire starters.
Phase 5: Trim wicks to a manageable length. If you have used an alternative wick like jute or hemp cord, you may wish to dip the wick in beeswax to make it easier to light the fire starter. Allow dipped wicks to dry before trimming to length. It is not necessary to dip candlewicks as they are generally already waxed or contain a wire for easier lighting.
Phase 6: Display in a basket until needed.
To Use: Place a pine cone between two logs and light the wick.
Disclaimer: As with all flammable products, exercise caution in households with pets or small children. Keep fire starters out of their reach. Remember, although these are made from natural materials, they are still not meant to be played with, chewed on or otherwise molested. Do not let children light fire starters without adult supervision. Use good judgment when storing and keep out of direct sunlight and away from direct heat sources.
Allison B. Kontur