Fire Starter DIY

fire starter

What’s the appeal of a wood fire? It’s lots of things, the smell, the crackle and the warmth. A real wood fire is a necessary part of Christmas. But the hassle of crumpled newspaper and kindling I can do without. Taking a few of these fire starters in a pretty mesh or paper bag as a hostess gift would be a great idea.

I’ve seen homemade fire starters lots of places and have wanted to try my hand at making some. This DIY is an amalgamation of a number of different methods.

Pinecone Firestarter

Materials:

  • dried pinecones
  • paraffin wax
  • vegetable oil
  • small containers
  • natural twine
  • double boiler

Method:

Search out small bowls that you may have on-hand that will just fit the size of pinecone you are using. Grease them liberally with vegetable oil and set aside. Wrap natural twine around and through the pinecones to aid in lighting.

In the top of a double boiler melt the wax completely. I used paraffin but you can use beeswax as well. Pour  the melted wax carefully into the bowls and gently place a pinecone in each. You can add more wax to the bowl at this point if needed.

melting wax

Set the bowls out to cool and harden overnight. When the wax has cooled completely gently twist the pinecone out and you’re done. You can add essential oils to the wax for a scented starter but I didn’t bother. Natural fire smell is best all on its own.

fire starter process

firestarter

Faux Delft Ornaments

Delft pottery is traditional blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands. I’ve created some lovely little Delft-inspired ornaments which are pretty on a tree branch coated with mode podge and epsom salts.

faux delft ornaments

blue and white ornament

I used oven bake clay that was rolled out flat, I pressed a mould into the surface and cut out circles with a cookie cutter. After curing in the oven I wiped the raised pattern of the hardened ornament with an indigo paint. On another version I painted the whole surface and wiped off the excess to create a tone on tone effect.

 

Cheers to a Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas cocktail

You’re exhausted because the house is decorated, the tree is lit and glowing, the fire is crackling and you look fabulous. You need a drink that does justice to all this hard work. So cheers to a Blue Christmas!

Blue Christmas

  • 1 cup vodka or rum
  • 1 cup white cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces blue Curaçao
  • 2 tbps lime juice

Combine all in a cocktail shaker of ice, shake and strain into glass.

 

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