She Dunks Pinecones In A Red Liquid - Her 'Purpose' For Them Is Absolutely Beautiful
FaithTap Staff 11/6/2015
This simple project is not only charming, but cheap and easy to make! Give your loved ones a holiday gift they can actually use this year, made from materials found in your very own backyard!
somethingturquoise.com Everything You Need To Get Going
There are two simple ways to make this heartwarming winter craft. For both, all you'll need is:
Twine or wick
If you do not have a pine tree nearby don't worry, most of these items can be purchased online or at your favorite craft store.
The "Wax Bottom" Method
Begin by wrapping twine around your pine cones. You'll want to secure it into place, so don't be afraid to wrap it around several times. This will also help it burn brighter!
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Once you're pinecones are prepped with the twine, boil water in a double boiler. You can also use a regular pot with a glass measuring cup inside. It works just the same!
Now you need to pour the wax beads into the glass measuring cup and add a few drops essential oils of your choosing for fragrance. Each pinecone will take about 3/4 of a cup of wax. You can also add drops of food coloring to change the wax from white to something a little more festive!
Find a container that your pinecone will sit in snugly. If you are using small pinecones, a muffin tin should work just fine.
Pintrest/Jodie Bow A Word Of Advice
Be sure to oil the container thoroughly before adding wax. If you don't, the wax could break when you try to remove the pinecone and cleanup will be much easier if the bowls are well-oiled beforehand!
When the wax has melted in the measuring cup completely, pour it into the bowl while holding the pinecone upright. You'll want about 3/4 inch of wax filling the bottom portion of your bowl.
Pintrest/Jodie Bow You've Done It!
Allow the wax to set for about 5 minutes, then twist the pinecone gently to remove. Now this natural firestarter is finished and ready to go!
Pintrest/Jodie Bow The "Whole Shebang" Method
If you like the idea of striking colors and a something a bit more eye-catching, the "Whole Shebang" method might be for you!
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All of the initial steps like ingredient mixing and wax preparation are the same.
But instead of placing the pinecones in a muffin tray and pouring the wax to sit at the bottom, you'll dip the whole thing into the wax using the wick or twine as a grip.
Practice Makes Perfect
You'll have to dunk the pinecone in the wax a few times to build up a solid layer. But make sure you wait for the wax to cool off completely before each dunk - you want the wax to build up evenly!
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After you've finished dipping, place the pinecones on the wax paper to cool for the last time. Once they're nice and dry you can decorate them as you see fit!
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Instead of twine you can use wick to make lighting much easier! You can also place them in delicate boxes like the one you see below to give the gift a little something extra.
Pinterest/Chelsea Evans A Craft You'll Want To Use Right Away
This pinecone will hold a flame and you'll be able to cozy up next without the fuss of tending to a weak fire.
Pinterest/Chelsea Evans A Perfect Way To Remember The Day
We're always impressed by creative uses for things and this bride caught our attention. She used these pinecones as party favors at a winter wedding - we think it's absolutely precious!
No matter the occasion, this craft really is beautiful and functional.
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If you're more of a visual learner, take a peek at the video below. It'll show you the step-by-step process of the "Whole Shebang" method.
VIDEO The Gift That Keeps On Giving
Now you'll be able to warm your home and those of your loved ones with this perfect winter craft.
Once you master one or both of the firestarter pinecone methods, make sure to share it with your friends and family so they can spread the joy this season as well!