Remember a couple months ago when I tried to re-create a braided bun that I saw on Pinterest? Well, since then I’ve seen a few more ‘great ideas’ that I thought I would try to do on my own. One that has been floating around in my head for a few years is to try and make my own fire starters.
We use our indoor fireplace pretty often when the weather is chilly and as soon as it warms up, we start using our bonfire pit too. A homemade fire starter sounds like a great way for us to save a bit of money and also use up some stuff that would typically be recycled or go in the trash.
There are lots of fire starter pins out there on Pinterest, but I liked this one from The Art of Doing Stuff best.
I spent a couple months gathering the materials:
- Egg cartons
- Dryer lint
- Candle wax
I actually had a whole bag of candle wax pieces leftover from a DIY project, so I saved myself the trouble of melting up old candles and just used what I had. I also learned my lesson and didn’t melt my Tupperware bowl this time!
Step 1: I cut the extra pieces off the egg cartons and filled each cup with a bit of lint fluff. I also used an old box under the egg cartons in case the melted wax seeped through.
Step 2: I melted my candle wax and poured it over each lint filled egg cup. I only microwaved it for about 30 seconds at a time and left some of the wax unmelted.
Step 3: I let the linty, egg carton mess cool and harden. Once the wax was hard-ish, I cut apart each egg cup. Some of the lint balls fell out of their cups because I didn’t use enough wax, but I think they will still work fine since the lint and carton is the flammable part.
Step 5: I needed someplace to store the fire starters so I could keep them away from the dog and kiddo, so I found an old Birchbox box, filled it with the fire starters and put it up high on my mantle. It looks cute and now I don’t have to stare at gross lint balls when I’m hanging out in the den.
The question is, do they work?
Yes! We had a fire over the weekend so that we could try them out. For our first try, my husband only used one fire starter, which lit up immediately. However, the wood never lit on fire. For our second try, he used two fire starters and it worked great! Now I just need to do a bazillion more loads of laundry to get lint so I can make more.
Have you made homemade fire starters before? Is there something you’ve seen on Pinterest that you’d like me to try?