Learn how to make homemade fire starters with common household items. Easy DIY ideas for summer campfires on camping trips or the fireplace over winter.
Getting a fire started with or without fire starters is a skill that every Girl Scout grew up learning. However, starting a fire isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
Sometimes it can become a real challenge. If your firewood is wet or you don’t have enough starter material available, you can be left frustrated trying to get that fire started.
Did you know that you can make your own fire starters with things that you can find around the house? Try some of these homemade fire starters in your campfire this summer or fireplace in the winter.
1. Wax and Cotton or Cardboard
A simple way to make fire starters is to dip cotton balls, cotton pads or cardboard strips into melted wax.
You can use any type of wax you can get your hands on – beeswax, paraffin, old candles, old crayons and more. Safely melt it down – using a mason jar is a good idea – and then dip the items in, laying them on wax paper to let them cool and dry.
These make an easily stored version of fire starters that won’t cost you a penny and will use up some old materials laying around.
2. Lint and Toilet Paper Tubes
We produce so much dryer lint it’s crazy! You can make fire starters by stuffing dryer lint inside of a toilet paper tube. Yes – this means that you should be saving that dryer lint that you always throw out!
Next, take a piece of wax paper and wrap it, rolling it on the ends like a piece of candy. Use the paper as the wick and the rest will catch fire and stay burning for a while to get your fire going.
3. Rolled Newspaper
This method for making fire starters is simple, but effective. Roll newspaper as tightly as possible in a twisting motion. Then fold it in half, and secure it together with twine.
This will create a simple and quick starter. It might not burn as long as others, but it will do the trick when nothing else seems to be working. This is also one that you can make on the spot.
4. Using Egg Cartons
Another way to create fire starters is by placing materials in egg cartons such as saw dust, small broken up twigs, dryer lint, cotton balls, evergreen needles, broken pine cones, old newspaper, cardboard or even fur from pets such as dog hair after you brush them.
Using each pair of egg slot as one starter, cut them each out. Close them together and dip in wax, and then wrap in wax paper twisting the ends to create your wicks.
These are easy to store in a bag and you can make quite a few at once.
As you can see, it’s quick and easy to make your own homemade fire starters with supplies you already have around the house. Make a few batches to use on camping trips this summer or in the fireplace for the winter!