Scented Pine Cones and Pinecone Fire Starters

Scented Pine Cones

Method 1: Mix 1 part glue to 1 part water and brush entire cone with a foam brush. To scent the cone, roll it in a mixture of ground cinnamon and cloves.

Method 2: Purchase cinnamon oil at a craft store or candle shop. Pour the essential oil into a spray bottle with a little water, and spray the pine cones until they are damp. Place the cones in a plastic bag and seal for 24 hours.

Method 3: Place the pine cones in a sealable plastic bag, add several drops of cinnamon oil, close the bag and shake several times to distribute the scent. Let sit overnight.

Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters

Place a coffee can in a pan of water on the stove. Add broken pieces of candle wax, paraffin or candle stubs to the can and allow to melt on medium to low heat until the liquid wax is high enough to coat the entire pine cone. When the wax is melted, stir in some cinnamon oil and candle coloring if desired.

Using tongs, dip the pine cone slowly into the liquid wax until it is completely coated. Remove and allow to drip over the can until it stops. Place on wax paper and allow to completely harden.

Pine cones can be arranged in a basket or other container. If used as a gift, place in a fancy box with fireplace matches. To use as a fire starter, place the pine cone on top of the kindling and light the edge of one of the petals.