DIY Pinecone Fire Starters

DIY Pinecone Firestarters
I love everything about this DIY! Let me count the ways -
  1. Pinecones have a natural beauty, and look amazing sitting in a basket on your hearth.
  2. They are easy (and fun!) to make.
  3. Collecting pinecones is a great way to get out and get some exercise.
  4. Kids will enjoying hunting for pinecones and helping with this project. (Of course, close supervision is necessary when working with the hot wax.)
  5. The sensory experience is amazing - beautiful flames, fun popping sounds, the aroma of essential oils, and, of course, the warmth of the fire.
  6. They make a lovely and useful gift.
  7. The end result is a cozy evening in front of a fireplace or a fun night around a fire pit.

Now, let's get to it!

Pinecone Fire Starters



  • Pine Cones (Make sure they are dry.)
  • Beeswax
  • Essential Oils
  • Candle Dye (Optional)


  1. Melt beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Add essential oils (and candle dye, if using).
  3. Use tongs to dip pinecone in the wax to coat.
  4. Let excess wax drip off the pinecone then place it on wax paper.
  5. Repeat until all the pincones are coated.


  • Choose your essential oils based on preference or try some of these fun seasonal and woodsy aromas: Black SpruceSiberian FirDouglas FirCinnamon BarkClove.
  • Instead of candle dye, break up a few crayons and add them to your beeswax.
  • Instead of using tongs, tie a long piece of string around the top of the pinecone, then dip the pinecone into the wax while holding the string.
  • Once wax is dry, dip again to create a thicker coat if desired.


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