[today i'm thrilled to announce the the talented sisters from bbb craft, who had one of the most popular guest blogging stints we've seen at d*s, will be joining d*s as diy contributors! twice a month they'll share a project with us and we're so thrilled to have them. and a big congratulations to anna who just welcomed a new baby!]
we first spotted these pinecone fire starters at the cool UK site hen and hammock, and thought we would try our hand at making our own. they are so easy and satisfying to make, and by adding essential oils, like eucalyptus, pine, or cinnamon, you can make your whole home smell amazing and cozy. they also make a great housewarming gift, so we stamped muslin tags and tied them onto the wicks. even for those without fireplaces, they are a pretty (and prettily scented) decoration! -the bbb craft sisters
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2. twine (candle wick would work too)
3. double broiler (or a saucepan and large glass measuring cup)
4. cooking oil
5. essential oils (optional)
6. candle wax, about ¾ cup per pinecone (we used white beeswax which worked well but have read that paraffin is more flammable)
7. various bowls/containers for setting the pinecone in wax
1.boil water in your double boiler, or in your pot and place the glass measuring cup in the boiling water. pour wax beads into the glass measuring cup (each pinecone took about ¾ of a cup) and a few drops of essential oil.
2. wrap the twine around and through the base of the pinecone. stay farther down on the pinecone but don’t be afraid to wrap it many times around. do not cut the twine.
3. find a bowl, jar or cup that the pincone fits into well. you want the base of the bowl to be close to the sides of the pinecone. we used about 6 various vessels from the kitchen.
4. using a dish cloth, rub oil all around the inside of the bowl (oil well, as it will be much easier to both pull the pinecone out as well as clean when you are done). place the pinecone with the twine “wick” inside the bowl. let the twine sit outside the bowl.
5. when the wax has fully melted, slowly poor the wax into the bowl with the pincone. if the bowl is not clear it is a bit harder to tell how much you should poor but ours all had about ¾ inch of wax once they were removed. don’t worry too much about this because they dry fast and once you pull them out you can always put them back in (re-oil your bowl!) and add more wax.
6. after about five minutes, pull the pinecone out slowly with a twisting motion.
7. cut the wick. you’re finished!