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Winter is officially here, and it's time to take advantage of our cozy fireplaces. Although the flames may keep you warm, the smell can be overpowering. Our answer? DIY Pinecone Fire Starters. These easy DIY fire starters are an essential for your fireplace – they look great on display, and they fill your home with whatever scent you choose. Of course, if have one of these fireplaces for the wall, you might not any overpowering smells to deal with.


The Project: DIY Pinecone Fire Starter

Level: Easy

Materials 8-10 dried pinecones Rope wick or twine 10 cups soy wax Wax scent cubes or essential oils Hot glue gun & glue sticks Heat-safe deep glass or metal bowl Wax paper Scissors


  1. Secure the end of the rope wick to the bottom of the pine cone with a dot of hot glue.
  2. Wrap the wick around the pinecone, weaving it in between the layers, and secure at the top with another dab of hot glue. Leave a few inches of wick at the top of the pine cone.
  3. Melt the soy wax (and scent cubes, if you are using them) on the stove. Try using a double boiler, or simmer a small amount of water in a pot topped with a heat-safe bowl filled with wax flakes.
  4. Stir the wax frequently until liquified.
  5. If you are using essential oils, add about 8-10 drops to the liquified wax and stir.
  6. Pour the liquified wax into a heat-safe deep bowl.
  7. Hold each pinecone by the wick and dip each pinecone into the wax. Repeat 5-6 times per pinecone until you have a medium-thick coating.
  8. Let the pinecones dry on wax paper for 2 hours.
  9. Once dry, display your fire starters in a basket or store in a container until you are ready to use. To use, throw your DIY Pinecone Fire Starters into a wood burning fire.

NOTE: Make sure to have your fireplace doors or curtains closed when burning, as the pinecones have occasionally popped.