As there are not a lot of pine trees (and therefore few pine cones) in Belgium, combined with the fact that our old apartment's fireplace was purely ornamental... I had not yet had a chance to test out these lovelies.
- Pine cones (the bigger the better)
- wax paper
- old bits of candle wax
- old cooking pan or a disposable aluminium tray (to melt the wax in)
First up, melt your bits of wax in the pan... not too much as you want only a thin layer of wax to coat to cone, if you have too much wax in the pan and you get a really heavy layer of wax, which when dried, doesn't look as nice (in my opinion).
Now using your kitchen tongs, roll one pine cone at a time in the wax. Once is it covered, place it on the wax paper to dry. remember that the colour of the wax will "tint" the pine cone, so this can be a fun way to add some colour to your holiday decor.
They should look something like this one we did with red wax... see how there is just wax on the tips, and it's covered lightly enough that the cone's detail is still visible.
As the wax begins to cool, you will notice that it coats the cones more thickly. Just re-warm the wax as needed and continue, adding extra wax to the pot as needed.
Once they have dried, you have cute, basically FREE firestarters. Place them in a cute container next to your fireplace for the next cold evening.
- we're using an old mop bucket we found under our cabin this summer.