Fragrant Fire Starters
- paper egg carton
- old candles and crayons
- coffee can for melting the waxes
- assorted dried fruit
- whole nutmeg and cinnamon
- small pine cones
- spruce sprigs or fir needles (optional)
- craft knife
- pot to put coffee can in
- metal spoon
- pot holders
If you want to make these into a gift, you will also need:
- basket with handle
- gift card and markers
- excelsior or shredded newspaper
- Cut lid off the carton.
- Melt the candles and crayons on low heat.
- With hand protection, pour 1 inch of wax mix into the whole egg carton. Before it hardens, add the pine cones, fruit, spices, spruce sprigs, and such. Allow wax to harden.
- Once it is cooled, use craft knife to separate the egg cups. Line basket with excelsior or shredded news print and add cups. Make a sign saying "for your fireplace" and decorate with bows.
This is also a good seller at bazaars, as the scents draw people to your table!
Note: This is not a project for unsupervised kids.
Source: I found this in a craft book several years ago, but I don't have it anymore.
By Poor But Proud from Sweet Home, OR
June 3, 20130 found this helpful
Just thought I'd give a head's up: Pine cones CAN be dangerous for indoor fireplaces due to the fact that they emit Creosote which can buildup in a fireplace which can be dangerous, but a few pine cones (and done correctly) shouldn't hurt.
Check out this website: SafeSideChimney.com (http://www.safesidechimney.com/enjoy.htm) to find out indoor fireplace safety tips, in particular those involving pine cones.
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