How to Make Pinecone Candles
Pinecone candles have been a popular home craft for years. They are easy to make, and the best part is that you can use up all of your leftover pinecones from Christmas trees! In this guide, we will know how to make pinecone candles right from your home without any extra cost to put on. We’ll also give you some tips so that when you do decide to sell them, they will be profitable for your business.
Things You’ll Need:
- 30 pinecones
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Measuring cup or spoon for wax flakes
- Wax melting pot or double boiler (depending on what type of wax you’re using)
- Sticks, wick material, scissors, funnel
- Scrap paper to make notes with as you work
- Wick for the candle (the wick should be at least two inches longer than the diameter of your jar or container)
- Safety gear: gloves, goggles, and a face mask to protect from flying hot wax
Instructions: How to Make Pinecone Candles
Gather supplies. You’ll need 30 pine cones, a hot glue gun and sticks, wax flakes (or the type of wax you’re using), a wick for your candle, scissors to cut the pinecones in half or thirds (depending on thickness- we recommend at least two inches thick).
Cut out several strips from scrap paper that are about as wide as your thumb. These will be used to hold down pine cones while they dry after being dipped into the molten wax.
Measure 30 x 15 cm lengths of butcher’s twine and tie one end around each piece of wood dowel loosely with an overhand knot so it can pull through easily later on – this is called “tying a slipknot.” You’ll need three pieces of wood dowel for this step.
Fill a pot with about two inches of water and bring it to a simmer so that the wax flakes will melt easily – you may want to use a double boiler if your stove is powerful enough as melting wax directly on the stove top can get messy in no time! If using beeswax, be sure not to overheat or boil it; just heat until all chunks are melted.
Melt the wax by putting measured amounts into each container, then set aside while waiting for the pinecones to dry after being dipped in them (about 45 seconds). You should now have three strips of cut-out paper ready with their knots tied loosely around one end, three pieces of dowel, and three containers of wax.
Secure the ends of each strip with a small piece of tape to prevent unraveling from heat or movement while dipping candles; then bend them into shapes that will hold their form after drying.
Lengthen any dips in the paper by twisting it around one leg before securing it off again at its other end – this will leave long strips on either side which can be cut off once dry enough for use as wicks later on!
Fill up your container(s) with the desired amount of melted wax (approximate measurements are about an inch per candle). Push down hard so there is no puddle left when you remove the pot’s lid – if you are using the full amount of wax, this will be about two inches deep.
Dip strips into melted wax, allowing it to drip off for a few seconds before placing them back on the paper in their desired position and shape; then repeat again with more wax if necessary – just make sure there’s enough pooling up between dips so that you don’t lose any detail or engravings while dipping candles!
Once all shapes have been dipped sufficiently (two times is usually sufficient ), it’s time to dry!
Take a sheet of wax paper, place your pinecone candles on top and let them set for at least 24 hours before burning.
Bonus Tips & Tricks:
Remember not to dip your pinecone candle too deeply when first getting started; as you become more experienced at making these natural-looking crafts from home, an even greater number of details can be added without fear of risking overflow.
It may not seem like the pinecones will stand up straight during this process but they’ll eventually settle in once their weight is evenly distributed while cooling overnight – plus, you can always use some extra wick or string if needed to help with any balancing problems that might arise.