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Pine Cone Fire Starters

Fall hostess gifts should be unique and useful. Make up a batch of pinecone fire starters and fill a basket with the gift that really makes use of your heat gun.

DIFFICULTY: Easy

Overview

Use a heat gun, some leftover crayons and a fresh fall scent to create beautiful fire starters.

Time form start to finish: 20 minutes

1

Gather supplies

Assemble wire rack, dried pine cones, crayons and heat gun. Spread pine cones over rack.

Tip: if you are adding scent, scent the pinecones before you begin. Cinnamon essential oil provides a wonderful seasonal smell.

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2

Cut up crayons

Cut up old crayons in autumn colors into medium-sized chips.

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3

Set heat gun temperature

The ideal temperature for this project is 500 degrees.

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4

Sprinkle crayons over pine cones

The crayon pieces will add a nice touch of fall color.

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5

Melt crayons

Pass heat gun over pine cones until crayons melt and create a colorful, textured pattern.

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6

Let dry

Let crayon pine cones dry and harden.

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7

Fill bag or basket

Place hardened pinecones in a cellophane bag or in a pretty basket.

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8

Decorate basket

Create a basket to present cones by spraying the bottom portion of a basket with a favorite color of paint.

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Products Used

Materials

Coarse cut crayon in autumn colors

Pinecones

Bag or basket

Cooling rack

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