5 frugal ways to make DIY fire starters from supplies you already have on hand. These are a must for your 72-hour emergency kit or around the fire pit.
I was in the dollar store the other day when I happened upon a package of cotton makeup removers. There are 80 in the package for $1 do they are about a penny each. Now I don’t really need 80 cotton makeup remover pads because I’m mostly a natural girl. What to do with them?
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 as sticks at the outdoor store, but these homemade ones are so easy to make, I just can’t see spending the money.
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 – Cotton Pads
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.
Frugal Way#2 – Waxed Cardboard
This 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?
DIY Fire Starters -Way#3 – Twisted Paper
This 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!
Frugal Way#4 – Egg Cartons
I can always rely on this an old standby from my Girl Scout days. It’s great because you can make these from supplies that are already around the house. Gather 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.
Frugal Way #5 – Toilet Paper Rolls
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.
…and here are 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 mop head wicks – cool!
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What is your most effective (and frugal) way to make your own fire starters? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear from you!