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.

Instructions:

  • 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.

Instructions:

  • 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. 

Instructions:

  • 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. https://www.etsy.com/listing/909057034/fire-pit-wax-fire-starters-for-outdoor

Newspaper Pots for Seed-Starting

You can grow dozens of new plants to fill your yard and garden with great flavors and bright colors for the cost of just a few packets of seed. And you don’t even need to pay for seed trays or planting pots. Grab a few sections of newspaper out of the recycling bin, and in just a few minutes, you can turn them into perfect containers for starting seeds.

Newspaper seed starting pots are easy to make, and great for seedlings too. They are fun and quick to make, and you don’t have to be crafty for this DIY project. In this tutorial, I’ll show you step-by-step how to make both round and square newspaper pots for seedlings.

Gather Supplies and Start Folding

You’ll need one sheet of newspaper (each roughly 22″ x 12″) for each pot you want to make, one 10- to 15-ounce can, moistened seed-starting soil, and a waterproof tray. Start by folding the sheet of newspaper lengthwise (with the long edges together) to create a strip. Press along the folded edge.

Create a Cylinder

Set the can on its side at one end of the strip, with the base about 2 inches up from the cut edge. Roll the newspaper around the can to create a cylinder.

Create the Base

Starting at the outer seam, fold the free end of the cylinder inward. Make three more folds inward to create the base of the pot, pressing firmly to make the folds as flat as possible

Remove the Can and Fold Edges

Slip the pot off of the can or bottle. Starting at the outer seam, fold the top 1/2 to 1 inch of the pot inward to create a stable rim. 

Add Soil and Plant Seeds

Hold the pot with one hand, with some of your fingers on the bottom to keep it closed. Fill the finished pot to the top with moistened seed-starting medium and set it in a waterproof tray. Repeat the steps to make as many “pots” as desired. Plant a seed or two in each pot, then gather all the pots onto a tray and water. When you’re ready to plant the seedlings, dig a hole deep enough to bury the pot so the rim is below the soil surface; exposed newspaper could help wick water away from the plant. In moist soil, the roots will quickly grow through the paper sides of the pot.

Candied rose petals Or mint leaves

Try a different twist on candy this Valentine’s Day. Why not mix flowers with candy to create a unique treat! It is important to taste the rose petals you plan to use, as not all roses have a sweet flavor. Give them the smell and taste tests. Chances are if you like the fragrance, you’ll enjoy the flavor. Pull a petal from the rose and enjoy, but avoid the white area at the base of the petal as it is generally slightly bitter.If you see roses in your grocery store, bring them home and put them in a vase,  do not eat them. … Most flowers that come from the grocery store or from the florist have been sprayed with pesticides, fungicides and preservatives. So where do you find rose petals to eat? 

You can look at your local bakery, or you can find them on Amazon or even grow your own roses. Damask roses (Rosa damascena) and Apothecary rose (Rosa gallica). The white beach rose (Rosa rugosa alba) may be the most delicious edible rose petal. 

So after you get your rose petals you can make about 50 candied petals.

You need: 1 egg white

1 tsp water

Sugar

50 rose petals

In a bowl mix together egg white and water until foam appears. Select a pan large enough to hold the petals in a single layer. Brush the sugar on both sides of the petals and then dip the petal into the egg wash.  Place petals on the pan and let dry in room temp for 1-3 hours. Then enjoy! You can store in a tight container for up to 2 weeks.

You can also try mint leaves instead by following the same process. You can use the mint leaves from the grocery store or grow your own mint this spring!

Blossoming hope

Creating a flower hanging arrangement with spring blossoms can inspire memories and helpful reminders that even the harshest winter will end with a natural birth of spring. 

Japanese blossoms represent the fragility and beauty of life. For this arrangement let’s create the flowers to be the only focal point, by not adding any other foliage. You can use a sturdy metal frame, a piece of a ladder, or even use the chandelier as your base frame for the flowers. 

The final result is quiet simplicity with a fairy beauty. A joyful celebration of the fleeting beauty of nature is a  reminder of the cyclical rhythm of the seasons, the hanging arrangement would work perfectly in an entryway, dining room, or your kitchen. 

Artificial Japanese blossom garland can be found on Amazon or your local craft store.  You can also use blossoms from cherry trees too. Cherry blossom trees bring billowy pink and white blooms in the spring. These blooms often last no more than two weeks and are also a symbol of renewal and the ephemeral nature of life. In the United States, Cherry Blossom Trees can grow almost anywhere, living 30 to 40 years.

Below are a couple of ideas to create a magical blossom arrangement.

Inspire Wonder

A multi-vase arrangement that sparks child-like imagination can be the center of attention in any room. You can use collected vases and stems to tell a story inspiring a wonder and mystery in any place setting for a dinner party, or on a holiday theme mantel.

To capture this atmosphere of imagination, I decided to use a collection of wine glass bottles that I painted gold, with a collected cut flower stems from the local grocery store. You could also use artificial cut flowers as well, that would last longer for that special season theme. The flower stems that I like to use are eucalyptus, roses, and sometimes anthuriums with cherry blossoms. The vase arrangements can be used from vintage glass bottles, up-cycled wine bottles, kombucha bottles to create a level of shape and sizes for your display. 

Below are a few examples of the flower stems and vases that you could recreate.

kombucha bottles
mason jars painted pink with artificial flowers
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