How To Make Pinecone Firestarters

These Festive Pinecone Firestarters Make a Crafty Gift and a Fun Project

If you are anything like me you have a collection of pinecones somewhere. Perhaps you found some delightful ones on a walk in the neighborhood or a visit to a park. They just begged to be picked up, don’t they? That’s nature doing its job. As you collect those pinecones you may notice papery seed pods floating out of them. You are helping to reseed it and will be left with a perfect woody cone perfect for crafting up pinecone firestarters.

Looking for an easy, seasonal gift to bring to your next get-together? Make these fun pinecone firestarters and get ready to cozy up by the hearth!

Today, Amy Renea, the author of Crafting with Nature, gives you an idea of what to do with your pinecone collection.

These easy pinecone firestarters make a great gift that’s both pretty and practical.

Pinecone Firestarters

Arguably, my favorite pinecone craft is these beautiful yet incredibly functional firestarters. These make fantastic gifts for the host with a functional fireplace or for friends that go camping or enjoy backyard firepit parties.


Make it!

1. Bake the Pinecones
Prep your pinecones by baking at 200 degrees for 20 minutes or until sap has glazed the pinecones. Smaller pinecones will take less time than the larger specimens. See how to dry and scent pinecones.

2. Melt the Wax

While the pinecones are prepping, melt your wax in small 3-4” pieces in a small crock pot on low.  When the wax is completely liquid, it is ready to dip or drip. Optional: Add 2-3 drops of food coloring if you would like your pinecones to have a colored tint.  Note that this might stain your melting crock and the color might be difficult to remove.

3. Drip the Wax onto the Pinecone

Attach small jute or string loops to your pinecones and carefully dip into the wax or gently pour wax down from the top of the cone.  Make sure to cover your work surface to collect bits of errant wax.Looking for an easy, seasonal gift to bring to your next get-together? Make these fun pinecone firestarters and get ready to cozy up by the hearth!

4. Add Another Coat of Wax

Dip or drip pinecones again until the wax is thick enough to completely coat the cone.Looking for an easy, seasonal gift to bring to your next get-together? Make these fun pinecone firestarters and get ready to cozy up by the hearth!

6. Let Dry
 Allow the pinecones to sit on parchment paper or a wire rack to dry. Optional: As the wax dries, sprinkle glitter or salt to add a festive feel to your pinecones.

7. Your Firestarters Are Ready to Use!

Use 3-5 pinecones to start a fire, lighting the jute string and placing the cones into the kindling.  Fire should always be contained in a fire pit or fireplace.

In my book, Crafting With Nature, I make a twist on these firestarters by making them into “cupcakes” with a sawdust base!  Looking for an easy, seasonal gift to bring to your next get-together? Make these fun pinecone firestarters and get ready to cozy up by the hearth!


About the Authoramy-renea-from-crafting-with-nature

Amy Renea is a blogger, writer, photographer, and mom living in Hershey, PA. Her blog, A Nest for All Seasons, highlights Amy’s love of living seasonally through DIY projects, garden ideas, recipes, and beautiful photography.


Amy’s book, Crafting With Nature, teaches you how to use objects and ingredients from nature to create delightful DIY gifts (for your loved ones or yourself). There are plenty of ideas for DIY crafts, recipes and gifts made with natural materials you can grow or gather yourself. Amy provides detailed tutorials and recipes for things like making solid perfume, crafting wooden buttons to accent a hat, preparing natural dye for easy paper flowers, canning your own fruit jam, handcrafting wreaths, using seed pods to create beautifully rustic earrings and even making your own coconut oil for lotions or sea salt for hand scrubs.

Crafting with Nature is available everywhere books are sold.


  1. Carla S.
    Carla S.October 5,16

    Very nice. I will certainly be making these for our fireplace this winter. Thanks so much.

  2. Linda Pemberton
    Linda PembertonOctober 6,16

    Do natural acorns (large burr oak acorns) need to be baked slowly to kill insects or parasites? I brought some in the house but wondered if they need to be treated like pinecones.

    • Amy Renea
      Amy ReneaOctober 11,16

      HI Linda — I replied below in the wrong spot :)

  3. Susa
    SusaOctober 9,16

    Love this idea! Pinned so we can make some as Christmas gifts. Thanks!

  4. Amy Renea
    Amy ReneaOctober 11,16

    Hi Linda — I don’t always do the prudent thing and bake every bit of nature I bring indoors. I have not had a problem with any pests hitching a ride on acorns (?perhaps because there are less little spaces than there are with pinecones??), but you could do so to be “safe”. Like I said though….I have never had any issue with bringing nuts indoors. have fun fall hunting!

  5. BonBon
    BonBonOctober 17,16

    Love this idea….also wanted to let you know that you are one of my features this week at INSPIRE ME MONDAY link party. I hope you stop by and check it out.

  6. Sharon
    SharonNovember 15,16

    Pinecone fire-starters…these are easy to make but you can use them for a really solid purpose, like they’re not just a fun craft. <3

  7. Carol Rosa
    Carol RosaFebruary 20,17

    Excellent article, simple, practical and efficient. Thank you!

  8. Catia Fernandes
    Catia FernandesFebruary 22,17

    Love this idea! Gratitude!

  9. Hugo
    HugoApril 25,17

    My goodness, what a wonderful article.

  10. Gustavo Lima
    Gustavo LimaMay 1,17

    Excellent article, Thank you!

  11. Luan Santana
    Luan SantanaMay 7,17

    Great post! Congratulatoins

  12. Manual do Reino
    Manual do ReinoMay 12,17

    Soh good Congratulations!

  13. Erik Rodrigues
    Erik RodriguesJune 11,17

    Hello thank you very much for sharing this great post! Cheers

  14. Andreia
    AndreiaJuly 27,17

    Thanks I loves this post!

  15. Debora Seco
    Debora SecoJuly 31,17

    Nice Post

  16. Anderson Lima
    Anderson LimaAugust 3,17

    great tranks

  17. eunice paiva
    eunice paivaSeptember 4,17

    so nice post! very good i like this!

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