Homemade Firestarter Using Egg Carton

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I (Steph) have been making these fire starters for a few years now because they work so well in my backyard firepit. They use simple materials that I would normally trash or recycle, so this is a great way to "use what you have" and recycle materials in a new way!

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Start by cutting the top and side off of a cardboard egg carton.

Fill it with lint from your dryer.

Now, cut each egg compartment apart.

Fold in the sides and wrap a piece of floss around the cardboard.

Find an old candle you have around the house or buy some wax. Melt it using a double boiler or use a heat gun. Make sure you melt it in a container that is made for heat.

Once melted, dip each firestarter in the wax to completely coat the cardboard.

Let dry, then start your fire!

We love this DIY because you can use materials from around your house that you would normally trash. It's great to make a bunch of these so you always have them on hand for your next bonfire!

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DIY egg carton ideas

For more creative ways to use eggs cartons to make cute home decor, discover the best egg carton DIY ideas on Hometalk here.

Suggested materials:
  • Cardboard egg carton   (Trader Joes)
  • Lint   (Dryer)
  • Floss
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  • Ellen Ellen on Dec 15, 2016
    I was told many years ago not to use lint from the dryer because so much of it includes polyester, which has a plastic piece. It gives off fumes when burned. Does anyone else know about this?
  • Jane Soper Blancher Jane Soper Blancher on Dec 18, 2016
    No dryer, hence, no lint. What can I substitute lint with?
  • Vickie G Vickie G on Feb 19, 2017
    Do you have to use dental floss? I don't have any on hand. Gonna try this today.
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  • Jane Soper Blancher Jane Soper Blancher on Dec 19, 2016
    Gonna make this as a Christmas gift! Thanks for the inspiration.
  • Linda Linda on Aug 01, 2023

    I use empty toilet paper rolls and stuff them with lint. Roll newspaper around them and twist the ends so it looks like a wrapped piece of wrapped candy. Tie each end with string (or yarn, embroidery floss, etc.). I use no wax.

    I make them for my family and they love them. They use them in there backyard fire pits and take them camping.