Five Frugal Ways to Make DIY Fire Starters

Five Frugal Ways to Make DIY Fire Starters

I was in the dollar store the other day when I happen upon a package of cotton make-up removers. There are 80 in the package for $1 or .0125 cents each! Now I don’t really need 80 cotton make-up removers, because I’m mostly a natural girl. What to do with them?

fire starters

Start collecting supplies

And a light goes off in my head.

If I can make waterproof matches, I can use my spent Scentsy wax to make DIY fire starters with these.  It couldn’t be more frugal or easy.

Fire starters are handy to have around during the summer for those backyard fire ring nights. They are handy to have around during the winter if your area is prone to blackouts. You can buy them in sticks at the outdoor store, but these homemade ones are so easy to make, I just can’t see spending the money.

During an emergency it makes sense to have at least two kinds of fire starters with you. In addition to a flint starter, these DIY fire starters are a must for your 72 hour emergency kit.

You really have no excuse – get prepared! Once your DIY fire starters are finished, make yourself a compact, waterproof kit. Vacuum seal several of them with waterproof matches.

Frugal Way#1 – Just dip a cotton pad into the spent wax and let it dry on a piece of wax paper. I kept a small area free of wax for easy fire starting.  I’ve also seen them cut or torn before lighting. It doesn’t take much wax to make your DIY fire starters, so keep a few cotton pads close and make them as you go.

5 Frugal Ways to Make DIY Fire Starters

Cotton pads dipped in melted wax

Frugal Way#2  is an idea from Hunting Outdoor News in their article 12 Ideas for Making your Own Fire Starters. Save your old cardboard. Cut it into 3”x 3” pieces. Dip them in wax and let them dry. They stack easily for storage. I always have extra cardboard around, how about you?

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Pieces of cardboard dipped in wax

Frugal Way#3  is a tip from Martha Stewart. Make a Twisted Newspaper Fire Starter. Using newspaper to get a blaze going usually results in just another flash in the fireplace. An old-fashioned solution is these newspaper twists. Tightly roll a sheet of newspaper, bend it in half, twist the ends together, and fasten with twine. Mine aren’t as pretty as Martha’s but they’re functional!

5 Frugal Ways to Make DIY Fire Starters

Twisted ann tied newspaper

Frugal Way#4 is a stand by from my Girl Scout days. I remember making these from supplies that everyone has around the house. Egg cartons, shredded paper or dryer lint and candle wax. I think I have enough shredded paper to make 1000 of these and I bet I could use my Scentsy wax for this too! One drawback – this method uses the most wax.

DIY Fire Starters

The Girl Scouts standby – egg carton, shredded paper and wax

Frugal Way #5 Cut a toilet paper roll in half. Stuff dryer lint into each piece. Roll it up in wax paper and twist the ends to close. Use the wax paper as the wick. See this Ready Nutrition post for another version with wax.

Make DIY Fire Starters - 5 Frugal & Easy Ways

Recycle these three simple items into a fire starter: Toilet paper roll, dryer lint and waxed paper

…and even more ideas if you’re really into this!

Apartment Therapy.com three DIY alternatives to purchasing fire starters

Mother Nature Network  has a happier, healthier  hearth with these fire starter alternatives.

Rural North Carolina has instructions for mophead wicks – cool!

Camp Wander re-purposes wine corks for their fire starters

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About Shelle

Shelle Wells is a busy wife, mom and preparedness guru. She's a fanatical gardener with a passion for sharing emergency preparedness and prevention. Owner of PreparednessMama.com, this modern pioneer and budding homesteader wants to learn it all! With the secrets of the past and modern discoveries, she brings emergency preparedness, wholesome living, and gardening to a whole new level.
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14 Responses to Five Frugal Ways to Make DIY Fire Starters

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  2. Ken says:

    Fiber egg cartons are excellent fire starters. They absorb hot wax, are easy to light and the little cups can be filled with crumpled brown paper, sawdust or any decent combustible material. Cut the cups apart, crumple and pack little pieces of the egg carton lid into the cups, and, using tongs, dip the filled cup into melted wax. These resist water and work well in a hunters daypack or backpack.

    • Shelle says:

      Thanks for stopping by Ken. I also like the egg carton fire starters and always keep some in my camping kit. They take a lot of wax to make though, so I like to have some other easy ways on hand too.

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  5. JacksonDeLand says:

    Wax and dryer lint.

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