Picked up a few pine cones and got some paints, brushes and a cocktail. Began my masterpiece by painting them on the edges and all over the bottoms to make them appear flowery. Put a few drops of pine essential and cinnamon essential oils on them. They smell awesome and look really pretty, will last outside on my tables all winter, no water, no mess, no problem…. Adds great color to any room, you can spray with a clear coat of sealer if you want or add some glitter for Christmas gifts. The ideas are endless.. share with us what you make, out of one of natures beautiful treasures, the pine cone.
Have a fireplace, a wood stone, outdoor patio fire pit…this not only works great to start your fire, they smell amazing and give you beautiful flames. I pick these treasures up off the ground around my home in GA, if you don’t have pine trees in your yard, seek out a nearby park or recreation area that is open to the public and get yourself a bag of these gems. They make great gifts, this is only one way I use them I will be posting more on other ways to use pine cones.
Tools and Materials
- White beeswax, old candles, or wax melts
- Double boiler or crock pot
- Wire or tongs
- Dry pinecones
- Drying rack or towel (garbage bag)
- Salt of choice (Epsom salts, table salt or salt substitute)
Pinecone Fire Starter How-To
- Melt wax to between 150 and 175 degrees. (until melted)
- Carefully dip pinecone into hot wax use tongs to turn
- Set pinecone on drying rack I use a garbage bag (I can throw away after wax dries) and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Optional…Dip pinecone into wax again and immediately coat with salt. Depending on the salt used, the flames of the starters will burn a certain color (Epsom salts, white flame; table salt, yellow flame; salt substitute, violet flame).
- Cut twine into 12-inch pieces, dip into lamp oil soak for about 2 minutes, remove twine and place on towel to dry, tie around the pinecone with a knot and let ends hang
- When lighting fire, place pinecones on top of newspaper in fireplace and light twine. Once lit, starters will burn slowly (in desired color) to guarantee that logs light.
“Tuesday Trash to Treasure”
We found a place in GA by our home, that we call “The Ft Gaines Walmart” it’s a family that has a barn attached to there home and it’s full of old worn stuff, it’s been there for over 50 years, not so much antiques just junk in general. We have to go there every time we go up to the camp. From Pyrex and glass dishes, cast iron cook wear, rusty old tool, to army cloths, furniture to 8 track porn tapes. Just a mix match of pure junk and we love it. I found these metal made animals and fell in love with them, the boys use them to take off there hunting boots. “Boot Jacks”…
The world’s first flour sifter, patented by Jacob Bromwell in 1819. The handle is attached to the sifter using old-fashioned metalworking techniques, as it has been for over 200 years. They are still made today in America by the Bromwell Co in Vermont. This one is from the 40-50’s and I knew I did not want it as my flour sifter, I liked the look of it and decided I would come up with something I might use it for. After looking at it for some time, I threw a candle in it and made it my candle holder for the center of my table. I love it and light it all the time.