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A hearth warming fire starting autumnal tip

Autumn's bounty is out there for the gathering. Here's a tip that was shared with us recently, and if like me you don't like the synthetic fire lighters, this one is perfect for you and better for the environment.

Pine cones fall in Autumn, and once taken home and dried, they open up and lend them selves to be made into all sorts of festive and winter delights! For my 4 year old this involves a heavy dose of PVA, some rainbow glitter and a bit of string to make a Christmas decoration that will make her grin from ear to ear with pride! Me - I am a little more practical!


Scoop up from around the house any candle ends and stubborn wax residues from burnt out candles. Gather up some pine cones, and dry them on a rack over your range top. This will make them open to make nooks in which your wax will sit.


Melt your wax stash in a double boiler or if they are in glass jars like our gift candlesplace them on the enamel at the rear of your range top & they will melt. Once it is melted pop a small wick in a muffin cake liner, pour in a little wax and place in this your dry and opened pine cone.


Once set, you have recycled a waste product, used residual heat, and made a perfect fire lighter. 🔥🍁🍂🔥


Katy Boys

Katy Boys

Katy is a rural girl at heart. She loves long walks, home cooking, paddling in rivers, warm fires and socks and stomping in leaves with her children. After studying ‘drawing stuff’ at university in Bath, Katy spent 10 years selling wares and managing folk at Habitat in Bath. Welcoming children into her world prompted her to return to drawing things, people and places from home. This led her to us at Blake & Bull and the rest is history. She draws our stuff, provides cuddles for the office dog, and is here to chat to you lovely lot.