It wouldn't be a Southern summer without some evening bonfires. These Pinecone Fire Starters are a quick and easy way to get the fire going – whether you've got a pit in the backyard or you're turning to your fireplace. Not only are they practical, these fire starters look great on display in your home in a bowl or vase. You can choose whichever scent you'd like to fill your home, and the pinecones won't overpower the room. Here's how to get started with this simple craft from our friends at Craft Box Girls:

  • 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

Secure the end of the rope wick to the bottom of the pine cone with a dot of hot glue. 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.

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. Stir the wax frequently until liquified. If you are using essential oils, add about 8-10 drops to the liquified wax and stir. Pour the liquified wax into a heat-safe deep bowl. 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.

Let the pinecones dry on wax paper for 2 hours. 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.

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