How to Make Pine Cone Fire Starters

pine cone fire starters
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Go on a pine cone-collecting mission. Then, make up a big batch of pine cone fire starters for your own use and to give as gifts.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Melt wax in a double boiler (do not leave unattended).
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil to the wax, if desired.
  3. Add candle dye or a few broken crayon pieces to the wax for color, if desired.
  4. Dip the first pine cone into the wax using tongs. Coat thoroughly.
  1. Hold the cone over the melted wax until it stops dripping. Then, place it on a piece of foil or wax paper to dry.
  2. Repeat with the remaining pine cones.
  3. Once the wax has hardened, your pine cone fire starters are ready for use. Just stick one in the fireplace with some kindling, and light.


  1. To dry freshly gathered pine cones, place them on a cookie sheet; and bake them in a 150 degree oven for one to two hours (watching them closely). Once the pine cones open up, they're done.
  2. For even more fragrance, sprinkle your favorite spice onto the pine cones before the wax has had a chance to dry. Try cinnamon, thyme or rosemary for a delicious scent that will fill your whole house.
  3. Make up several different colors of fire starters, and display them on your fireplace in a big basket.
  4. Pine cone fire starters make a great gift. Make them in bulk now, and you'll have plenty on hand for holiday gift giving.

    What You Need:

    • Dry pine cones
    • Wax (candle or crayons stubs, paraffin, beeswax, etc.)
    • A double boiler
    • Tongs
    • Foil or wax paper
    • Essential oils (optional)
    • Spices (optional)
    • Candle dye or crayons for color (optional)