Sunday, January 4, 2009
It's blustery, frigid (miserable, horrible, not fit for man nor beast; I can go on and on....) January in the northeast, and all I want to do these days (besides eat mashed potatoes + drink red wine) is sit by the fire. Luckily for me, these firestarters are a snap to create, and make a great hostess gift when wrapped up in a festive bag, or basket.
Paraffin wax / ends of used candles
Crayon with paper removed (optional)
Dried, crushed herbs or glitter (optional)
Gather up a bunch of dried pinecones, or--if they are not yet dried--you can speed up the process by placing them on a foil-lined cookie sheet and baking in a 150 degree oven oven for around two hours.
In a double boiler over medium-low heat, melt a block of paraffin wax, or the ends of used candles. If you want to add color, you can throw an old crayon to the mixture. For scented firestarters, add a few drops of a fragrance or essential oil.
Using tongs, carefully dip the pinecones into the wax to coat, then allow to dry on a sheet of waxed paper. You can also dip your waxed candles into dried, crushed herbs or glitter, to make them even more beautiful.
To use, place one or two in the fireplace with your kindling before lighting.