DIY Fire Starters

3 Materials
1 Hour

Here's a fun DIY that you can involve the kids in and it’s gonna make lighting your fire pit, a whole lot easier. They are homemade fire starters using sawdust, dryer lint and some fun herb additives!Who doesn’t love lounging by a fire pit?It's a great way to recycle dryer lint and sawdust. Plus if you have an herb garden, use your fresh rosemary, sage, basil and lemongrass for some wonderful natural scents.

What you'll need:

  • sawdust or dryer lint
  • wax (I also reserve my used up scentsy wax & scrapings from old candles)
  • wick or string
  • cupcake liners & muffin tin
  • sage/whole cloves/dried rosemary/orange peel (the grands love clementines, so I just save all the peel for this)
  • glass measuring cup or stainless steel pan (for melting wax)
(Fresh orange peel will make it smell so much nicer!)
Line the muffin tin with liners and start by adding a bit of sawdust or lint (or both), place the wick/string,
and continue filling 3/4's of the way with more and then add the cloves, rosemary & peel or whatever you want to add. 
Melt the wax (doesn't take long), low to medium heat if stovetop or in the microwave in glass container.
 Gently pour hot wax in each cup. 
Allow to cool.
Once ready (after 1 hour or longer) you have the perfect little fire starter!
Wrap up in clear wrap tied with twine or put several in a baggie. They're perfect for gift giving to someone who loves lounging by their fire pit!
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Malhotte
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Dryer lint?? Isn't there a significant amount of hair in that?

    • Carey
      on Jan 21, 2020

      it sounds to me like it would be a good way to recycle your pet hair! Long haired dog hair is also used for making yarn, so maybe you could also find an outlet for it! : )

  • Trish
    on Jan 13, 2020

    Could these be used in a wood burning fireplace?

    • Myrna
      on Jan 20, 2020

      Yes. I use them in wood burning fire place. They work great.

  • Kelli Cook
    14 minutes ago

    Why do you need the wax?

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3 of 22 comments
  • Mary Craig
    on Jan 21, 2020

    Please do not burn lint indoors or on a fire you will cook on, or inhale the smoke. Most fabrics are synthetic and therefore your fire will potentially have toxic fumes in the smoke.

    please make sure your lint is from natural fibers - wool or cotton - and use beeswax or soy wax.

    • Carey
      on Jan 21, 2020

      This is a good point! however, generally when used as a fire starter it is completely consumed by the time you are using the fire for either food or warmth. It is a very small amount used.

  • Sharron Vorbeck
    5 days ago

    We use empty toilet paper rolls-put string thru -stuff with lint-pour wax in it

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