Homemade Festive Firelighters (collaboration)

Homemade pinecone firelighters

pinecone firelighters

These pinecone firelighters glitter with Epsom salt ‘snow’, which will burn a beautiful red hue. They’re so easy make, meaning they’re the perfect homemade festive gift!

Speaking of homemade gifts, if you love Christmas craft ideas, then you’re in for a treat, as this post is a collaboration with some lovely blogger friends, so after you have read my post, head over to the posts below for more #christmascrafternoon ideas!

If you’re looking for Christmas card crafts, and anything with a snowman or tree angel theme, then head over to Bethanie from Northumberland Family Diaries

Amy from The Twins and Me has made a beautiful wall art Christmas tree and Charlotte from Team Stein has got all the festive bases covered with cinnamon salt dough, paper straw wreaths and a Duplo Christmas tree! 

So, back to the firelighters – let’s crack on and make them!

To make pinecone firelighters you will need: 

  • Pinecones
  • Candle wax*
  • Florist wire or an old wire coat hanger
  • Epsom salts**
  • A pan of boiling water
  • An old bowl bigger than your pan
  • An old tray covered with newspaper
  • A wire rack 

*You can make these pinecone firelighters eco-friendly by melting down candles made of plant-based wax or by using soya wax flakes or beeswax

** Wondering where to buy Epsom salts? Most chemists will sell tubs or packets of it, including Boots and Superdrug

How to make pinecone firelighters

  1. Brush any dust or debris from the pinecones using a paintbrush. If some of your pinecones are still closed, put them on a foil-lined baking tray in the oven, preheated to its lowest temperature and leave for an hour or so. Check every now and then until they have opened up. Leave to cool and set aside. 
  2. Melt the wax in an old bowl over a pan of boiling water, until the wax has completely melted. 
  3. Bend the end of a piece of wire around the top of a pinecone to form a hook, and holding the other end, dip and twirl the pinecone into the bowl of melted wax. 
  4. Rest the pinecone on the wire rack for a couple of minutes.
  5. Dip the pinecone into the wax again, then immediately set on to the rack and sprinkle over the epsom salts. 
  6. Leave to set and repeat the process with your remaining pinecones.
  7. Once the pinecones are completely set, place them into a basket or cellophane gift bag. 
  8. If you like, write a gift tag with the following instructions: These pinecone firelighters will help to keep you warm and cosy! When you build your fire, tuck a few pinecones in amongst the scrunched up newspaper, cardboard and kindling. Watch the fire sparkle and flame red as the pinecones set alight. 

If you make these festive firelighters (and why wouldn’t you?!), remember to tag me on Instagram using the hashtag #christmascrafternoons.


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  1. December 3, 2018 / 8:37 pm

    This is such a clever idea! What a cozy home you must have. Lovely to collaborate with you xx

  2. webadmin
    December 3, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Ahh thanks Charlotte, you know me and my obsession with hygge! These also make lovely housewarming gifts for anyone who has an open fire or woodburner. It was lovely to collaborate with you too. xx

  3. December 4, 2018 / 6:31 am

    Bex these look amazing, you are so good at coming up with different ideas! Thank you for the collaboration xx

    • webadmin
      December 10, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Ahhh thanks very much! It was great to collaborate with you too! 🙂

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