Lighting a fire isn’t always as easy as you’d hope. Whether you’re starting a fire in your fireplace or enjoying nature around the campfire, sometimes we could all use a little help. That’s where these diy fire starters come in. They’ll help you get a fire blazing in no time!
While many of these ideas can be used both indoors and outdoors, read the directions carefully just in case one is too dangerous for an indoor fire. We want you to stay safe and warm.
DIY Fire Starters to Light Your Fire
Who knew you could make a fire starter from an egg carton and dryer lint? Just add a little beeswax to slow the burn time, and you have a portable fire starter you can take anywhere.
These gorgeous holiday wax fire starters would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the outdoorsy person in your life. They are also great for adding a little festive decor to your tabletops.
But you don’t need to get too fancy with a fire starter. You’ll do just fine with some dryer lint stuffed in a toilet paper tube.
Pine cone fire starters are a cute option for winter wedding favors, but they’re practical, too. It smells great, so it’ll make any toasty fire even better!
Soak wine corks in rubbing alcohol for a fire starter that’s super easy to use. Store them in an airtight container like a mason jar to ensure the alcohol doesn’t evaporate.
Keep a pencil sharpener in your camping gear for those times you forget to bring a fire starter. Create wood shavings by sharpening a stick. Smart!
Backpackers use this tip all the time: coat some cotton balls in Vaseline, and store them in a plastic bag.
Save your orange peels! Not only will they make your home smell great as you dry them, but you’ll get a nice citrus aroma when you light them, too.
If you’ve been working on a diy project recently, the sawdust can come in handy. Pack it into a muffin tin, and fill each of them with wax. Those little sawdust cakes work magic in the fireplace.
These cotton pad fire starters are based on the same principle as the cotton ball trick above except the pads are dipped in wax and then dried.
Herbal smudge sticks are really made to cleanse the air as they burn, but dried herbs make great fire starters, too. The fresh, clean air is an added bonus!
Wrap cinnamon sticks and herbs in newspaper, and tie with twine to make these delicious-smelling herbal fire starters.
These diy fire starter kits would make nice gifts for the holidays, too. Put some matches, a striking surface, tinder (pine needles, dried leaves, etc.) and some sage (to keep the bugs away) in a mason jar, and decorate it nicely. Aren’t they gorgeous?
Make waterproof fire starters for your survival bag. These are simply sections of straw stuffed with cotton and sealed at both ends. Easy peasy.
These diy fire starters can last for up to 10 minutes! The cotton is soaked in rubbing alcohol and placed inside cardboard tubes that are dipped in wax. That’s hard core!