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Seasonal Crafts: Make Your Own Fire Starters

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Make your own decorative fire starters with these simple instructions.

All you need are some dry twigs or pinecones, a little candle wax, and glitter!

  • Find about 12 skinny, straight twigs, all about the same thickness and about six inches long.
  • Bundle the twigs together by tying them in the middle of the bunch with cotton string.
  • Melt some old candle stubs or wax in a wide tin can set in a saucepan of simmering water.
  • When the wax has melted, use tongs to dip the bundle of twigs carefully into the wax.
  • Lift the twigs out onto newspaper, and sprinkle them with gold, silver, or colored glitter before the wax hardens.
  • When the wax is cold, tie the bundle with raffia or colored string.
  • Instead of twigs, you can use pinecones (the size of eggs).
  • Dip the cones into the hot wax and then sprinkle them with glitter.
  • For a nice gift, put 12 glittery cones in an empty paper egg carton or small wicker basket, and decorate with a pretty ribbon.
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Mare-Anne Jarvela

Mare-Anne Jarvela has worked for The Old Farmer’s Almanac as head editor of the Garden Guide, senior research editor, and/or contributor for over 30 years. She is a nature lover who’s happiest in her garden or baking for her family and friends. Read More from Mare-Anne Jarvela

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