Every fall I ask the kids to go to a little valley on our property affectionately known as "Pinecone Valley". We have lots of Ponderosa Pine trees and that particular valley is full to overflowing with pinecones.
When the weather gets that tell-tale nip in the air we collect all of the pinecones we can find and dip them in paraffin wax that has been scented with Fir Needle Balsam (I know, not pine, but it's what we have!). They smell SO good and make phenomenal fire starters. We love to give them out as hostess gifts, even if the recipient doesn't have a fireplace or wood stove, because they look beautiful in a basket and make the whole room smell wonderful.
Yesterday, we got out the wax pot, the fir needle balsam and the pinecones and started dipping. Neighbor girl happened to be here, so Miss Calamity, Princess Dragon Snack and dear Neighbor Girl did all of the work (which they happened to think was quite fun). I don't think I have ever had pinecones so full of wax before, but, let me tell you, they sure will start a fire!
|Paraffin is available in grocery stores in the canning department|
|You can melt it to make candles or seal jams or make pinecone firestarters!|
|I like to add essential oil because they smell heavenly|
|Neighbor Girl, Princess Dragon Snack and Miss Calamity|
|Everybody dipping at once!|
|It is smelling like fall!|