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Easy Pinecone Fire Starters

Posted by  ·  February 23, 2015  ·  Last Updated: February 23, 2015

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Yahoo! and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

These easy pinecone fire starters make starting a fire a cinch! It is cold here in Kansas and we are trying to take the chill out but, sometimes starting a fire can be a laborious task. I found a tutorial for making these pinecone fire starters on Yahoo Makers! If you haven’t visited you will be amazed by all the DIY content and crafty inspiration.
Easy Pinecone Fire Starters

The detailed easy pinecone fire starters video  and photo tutorial gives all the steps! The video is super cute! Katie Brown shares the most clever way to light and store the matches for lighting the pinecones. You will never guess where she hides sand paper to strike the matches on!

A simple wrapping of the wick and then you are ready to dip.

easy pinecone fire starters wrapping wick

Make sure you melt the wax in a container that has been placed in a pan of water.  Wax can be highly flammable so be careful. I purchased an opaque looking paraffin from the craft store. A more clear looking paraffin can be used (like what you might find in the canning section of the grocery store). It will not turn white but rather give the pinecones a gloss.

easy pinecone fire starters dipping pinecone

The pinecones can be dipped as much as you like! I did several layers to make them look snow covered.

easy pinecone fire start tutorial

Place the pinecone fire starters in a bucket and make sure you use Katie’s clever trick for the sand paper and matches!


For more DIY ideas be sure to visit Yahoo Makers. Thanks Yahoo for sponsoring this post! I now have found a resource I can use for inspiration and step by step tutorials! All opinions are my own!

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  1. Tuesday, October 18th, 2016
    These are so AWESOME! What a great idea! I love how it is outside of the box of the regular fire wood. How festive :)
  2. Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
    Such a great idea!

  3. Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
    Great tutorial...and you photos are stunning! :)