Sunday, December 14, 2008

d.i.y.: herbal fire starters

For holiday fire starters:
wrap pinecones, sage, rosemary, cinnamon sticks, in newsprint and twist into aromatic igniters.


Fill the small compartments of a fibrous egg carton half way with fragrant dried herbs (rosemary, lavender, mint). Make sure that the herbs are completely dry, and never use Styrofoam egg cartons. Once filled with herbs, push a pine cone firmly into in each compartment.

Then Melt paraffin wax using a double boiler. Pour the melted wax evenly over your pine cones, making sure to keep the wax inside of the egg carton compartments, gluing the herbs and pine cones in place. If the wax cools, simple heat it again slightly until it easy to pour.

Allow the wax to cool completely and then carefully cut the egg carton into individual fire starters. If you like, you can tie a raffia ribbon onto the top of each pine cone for added decoration.

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Blogger Meg said...

Great idea and easy instructions... I can smell it already- thanks for sharing!

7:43 PM  
Blogger nicolecarey said...

this is an awesome idea, i'm glad i stumbled upon your blog

9:40 PM  

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