DIY Crafts

Wax-dipped pine cones make pretty and practical ornaments

Foraging and a few easy steps have you crafting wax-dipped pine cones that work as pretty fire starters. Bring outdoors into your decor, and fuel your fire.


Craft styling, Sara Wood. Prop styling, Jennifer Evans. Photo, Sian Richards.


Dress up your mantel with decorations that are both beautiful and functional. These wax-dipped pine cones make excellent kindling — they catch a flame quickly and burn evenly.


  1. Melt wax in a double boiler. Be resourceful and use leftover candle ends, if you’ve got some.
  2. Remove the wax from the heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. With tongs, dip each pine cone until coated, turning them as necessary.
  4. Stand each one upright on a piece of waxed paper to cool.
  5. Repeat the coating process until a thick layer of wax is built up.
  6. Once dry, your wax-dipped pine cones are ready for display.

For a beautiful wintry arrangement, group your pretty fire starters with candlesticks, mercury-glass ornaments and evergreen branches dipped in wax. These lovely items also make a great hostess gift, gathered in a clear gift bag and tied with a ribbon.

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