Making Colored Flame Pine Cones

Stormy Stewart


This is an easy craft, requires about 15 minutes of your time, for those who love a great bonfire. The season is coming folks. Remember this project requires an adult supervision and 4 days to make so plan ahead


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How to Make Making Colored Flame Pine Cones


  1. Tips:
    To get the pine cones looking their best, heat them in the oven at 225 degrees F on a foil-covered cookie sheet. They will open all the way and look fuller.

    Use only one salt or compound for color.

    Be very careful handling these chemicals and follow the manufacturer' s directions. Some compounds can be poisonous if mishandled
  2. Pour 1/2 gallon of hot water into a deep glass or plastic bowl.
  3. Dissolve 8 ounces of any one of the following chemicals in the water:

    Alum (thallium) for a bright green flame
    Strontium chloride for a bright red flame
    Boric acid for a deep red flame
    Calcium for a reddish-orange flame
    Calcium chloride for a yellowish-orange flame
    Table salt for a yellow flame
    Borax (sodium tetraborate) for a yellow-green flame
    Blue vitriol (copper sulfate) or barium for a green flame
    Saltpeter (potassium nitrate) for a violet flame
    Or Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) for a white flame.
  4. Soak the pine cones in the solution for 6 hours.
  5. Dry them for at least three days in a warm, dry area on newspaper or hang in a mesh bag.

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About Making Colored Flame Pine Cones

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles

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