Thursday, October 15, 2020

DIY stay warm and cozy pinecone fire starters

 When I was a kid, every year I would make a homemade Christmas present for family members. 

My dad showed me at a young age how to make these fire starters, and I have been making them ever since. 

We would go out to the yard and gather up pinecones. Then I would go into his wood shop and collect sawdust. Finally, I would melt down any old candles for the wax. Then I would package them up and give them as gifts!

 I tweaked this "recipe" a bit from the original one I did as a kid, adding essential oils and salt instead of sawdust. I also bought wax as I didn't have any candles to melt down.

Read on to see how you can make them too. Be sure to pin any images so you can easily reference this later.

Here are the materials needed for this project:








If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time you will know that I like to give my dinner guests something to take home with them. 

It doesn't have to be big or extravagant. It can be a piece of chocolate wrapped up beautifully. 

This year for Thanksgiving {you could use this idea throughout the winter months} I am gifting everyone a homemade fire starter. 

I actually use these still to this day.

Even though we have a gas fireplace indoors, they are very helpful when starting fires in the fire pit. 

The added tag is just a warm reminder for your guests.


You will need to melt your wax in a double broiler. Basically it is just one big pot filled halfway with water and another sitting inside with wax in it. Don't rush this, you can slowly melt it. I get my wax pans at the thrift store so I can toss them or save them specifically for crafts afterwards.

Once your wax starts to melt you can add your essential oils. I did a combination of clove, cinnamon, and orange. You can also skip this step if you want them unscented.A good rule of thumb for these oils is to add 1/2 teaspoon per quart of melted wax.

Using tongs, dip the pinecone into the hot wax. Set on foil to cool slightly. 

Repeat this step, then sprinkle on salt while the wax is still hot so it sticks.

That is it!

Preparing the boxes:

When your pinecones are done you can prepare your boxes. 

I cut the main flap off the box and taped the two sides inside the box as to have an open top.

With a glue stick, add a "stay cozy and warm" label one side. 

Then I filled with a bit of Spanish moss and added my finished pinecone.

Place at each place setting for your guests to take home!

Here is the free printable I created for you to use.

I had mine printed at a copy center onto card stock, but you can print them from home as well.
Simply save the image to your computer and print. Use a paper cutter when cutting for very straight edges. 

If you would like to see more Thanksgiving place card ideas, click on any of the images below. 

11 Beautiful Place Cards For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Place Card Printables // Modern Glam

Dried Orange Thanksgiving Place Cards // Paint Me Pink

Dinner Place Cards Tutorial - Mini Wreaths // Happy Happy Nester

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards & Gift Tags // The Ginger Home

How to Use Place Cards to Set a Thanksgiving Table // My 100 Year Old Home

DIY Painted Leaf Place Cards // Lolly Jane

Easy Thanksgiving Place Cards // Rooms For Rent

Gold Leaf Thanksgiving Place Cards // Jennifer Maune

Cookie Thanksgiving Place Cards // Twelve On Main

Thanksgiving Treat Bag Place Cards // Tatertots & Jello

DIY Stay Warm & Cozy Pinecone Fire Starters // My Sweet Savannah 

xoxo, Melaine 

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