If you’re anything like me, having an outdoor bonfire is all part of the cooler weather. But if my husband isn’t around to light the fire, I find myself worried about how it’s going to happen.
But guess what? I got tired of having to depend on him when I knew that I could figure out a solution myself. And what I found was that these DIY Fire Starters are a dream come true!
Not only are they super simple to make, but they’re super simple to light also. If you’re ready to have a natural and homemade fire starter at your disposal, you don’t want to miss out on this simple recipe!
DISCLAIMER: Fire is dangerous. It is assumed when you are using these fire starters that you 1) know how to start a fire 2) are doing so safely 3) are watching your fire. NEVER leave a fire unattended. Use these at your own risk. Be safe.
DIY Fire Starters
As I mentioned, these fire starters are to be used outside only. Please be certain that you’re being safe in how you’re using them and never leave your fire attended.
How long do these homemade fire starters last?
They’re not going to last long. Once you light them, they’re going to burn down fast and light everything on fire quickly. These fire starters aren’t meant to stay burning for the entire duration of your fire but they are meant to melt away after they’re lit.
Supplies needed to make homemade fire starters
All you need to do to get started is to gather up the list of supplies below.
- 2 cups of beeswax flakes (you can also grate your own if you want)
- 5-7 sprigs of pine leaves
- 4-5 cinnamon sticks
- Pomegranate seeds
- Essential oils (I used an orange blend)
- String (I used about 1 foot)
- 12 cupcake liners
How to make DIY Fire Starters
Melt your beeswax in a pot that you don’t care about. I did not have the patience to clean it well after the fact, so this pot is now my craft pot. If you have the patience, super – use a pot you care about and clean it well after! I really do suggest you just use a pot you don’t care about, beeswax is a real pain to clean off of just about anything. However, DIYing is so worth it.
Place TWO cupcake liners in each muffin tray. Double up – trust me!
Cut pine springs and place a couple of springs in each spot in the muffin tray. Do the same with the cinnamon sticks (that I suggest you break up to make them fit) and the pomegranate seeds.
Once the beeswax is melted add in a drop or two of your essential oil. You do not need much!
Pour the wax into the muffin liners. Fill to about ¾ way full.
Cut the string into 2 inch segments and place in. This will be your wick.
Let set for up to 4 hours.
Cut each fire starter out and set aside.
When you are ready to use light the wick and toss into the fire. DO NOT use these in wood stoves. These are meant to be used in well-ventilated fires.
How To Use These Fire Starters
Since these are to be used outside only, they’re perfect for a bonfire! Just gather up your supplies to make s’mores and have a fun family night outside by the fire!
Now, it’s your turn!
When are you going to use this simple fire starter recipe?!
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