DIY fire starters

DIY fire starters are one of the few guarantees in life. They’re guaranteed to make your fire starting struggles a thing of the past. These inexpensive and easy to make fire starters are all about reducing your fire starting stress. Because no one wants to come off the trail and spend the next hour fighting for a spark to catch. Or in the morning, as you stir in your sleeping bag, avoid having to do battle against the dew covered fire pit. One technique that you’ll need to know for most of these fire starter designs: how to melt wax. We recommend the double boiler method, but you can also use a microwave if you prefer. Once you have that part figured out, you’ll be full steam ahead to create fire starters for your next camping trip or for a backyard fire. 

 This design  will likely cost you nothing to make since most people can find the required items around the house. They’re also ultra-lightweight and a great option for backpackers that want to avoid adding weight wherever they can.


  • Find one of these common cotton items: cotton string, a cotton pad, a tampon, or a shoelace.
  • Fully submerge it in melted wax
  • Set aside to dry
  • Once the wax has dried completely, you may want to cut the cotton item into smaller segments to give you multiple uses.

Most well-known fire starter design on the list. It’s a super quick way to make a dozen DIY fire starters, and there’s a good chance you already have everything you’ll need kicking around at home.


  • Grab an empty egg carton
  • Fill each of the twelve spots with a pinch of dryer lint, making sure not to overfill it or pack it too tightly. Leave plenty of room for wax to be poured onto the lint without overflowing
  • Pour melted wax into each ‘cup’, completely covering and saturating the lint
  • Poking it with a knife or fork can help the wax work its way into the lint
  • Set it aside to dry on newspaper (or something similar)
  • Cut out each cup to create individual fire starters

A basket full of pinecones sitting next to a fireplace not only looks good, but also smells great and provides extra fuel to get a fire going. 


  • Head outside to collect as many pine cones as you want
  • To keep your hands away from hot wax, you can tie a string around each pinecone and then hold onto the extra length of string as you dip them into the wax
  • Set aside to completely dry and use when needed

This DIY fire starter is as easy as it gets. All you have to do is peel an orange and then leave the peel out to dry. Not only is this incredibly easy but when burnt, the orange peel produces a wonderfully sweet fragrance too. You’ll be a hit around the campfire with this one.

If you don’t want to recreate these easy DIY fire starters you can find a bundle already created at our Etsy shop.

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I am a mother, wife, and artist. My true passions are art,environmental awareness, and gardening. I have an Etsy shop where you can find my products are all designed and created by me,help of my computer program, and my 3D printer creating a one of a kind design for your home or office.I am inspired by nature every day and being blessed by living near the ocean gives me the opportunity to find inspiration to bring into my shop and my blog posts.I try to be creative in my designs and I love sharing tips and new ideas in my blogs.

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