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How to Make Eucalyptus-Pine Firestarters

For friends and family who have fireplaces or love camping, these homemade firestarters are a quick and easy holiday favor. They smell yummy, too!

Michelle Edgemont

Materials Needed:

  • paraffin or soy wax blend
  • eucalyptus essential oil
  • pine essential oil
  • green wax dye
  • miniature pinecones
  • flip-top glass jars
  • wax paper
  • kitchen towel
  • ivory cardstock
  • natural twine
  • double-boiler
  • kitchen tongs

Melt Paraffin or Wax

Melt the wax or paraffin over low heat in a double boiler.

Add Essential Oils

Add one teaspoon each of the eucalyptus and pine essential oils.

Dip Pinecones

Using tongs, dip each pinecone into the wax until it is fully covered. Let dry on the wax paper.

Add Color to Wax

Take the wax off the heat and add a few drops of the green dye. Keep adding dye until the wax reaches your desired color.

Re-Dip Pinecones

Using tongs, dip individual pinecones into the green wax and let them dry on the wax paper.

To create bunches of pinecones, pile several on a spoon and dip together. Drizzle with a little bit of extra wax and let dry in an ice cube tray.

Package the Firestarters

Fill a glass jar with the dried firestarters and tie on a hand-lettered label with twine.

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