One of my favorite daily rituals is to walk the property to take a break from work and stress stuff. I'm always steppng on these lovely pine cones and recently decided to start collecting them to use as fire starters. They work brilliantly unaltered, but I thought it would be fun to spruce them up a bit.
I collected a big bag of dry and relatively clean pine cones. I gathered old candles, and some tea I like the smell of but not the taste of. I also grabbed my hemp.
I tied a piece of hemp to each pine cone, in order to dip the cones into the hot wax without burning my fingers.
Then I dipped! In between coats I sprinkled the contents of a few chai tea bags onto the wet wax. I let them dry, and then did another few coats. All in all I think they work best with four coats of yummy smelling wax.I used an old pickle jar to package them for the neighbors.
I painted this painting for Sean. I finally did that. He loves it.