We love fires. Love to lay in front of them while reading or just resting with a cup of tea. They can get expensive after a bit if you always have to buy wood and fire-starters. In an attempt to be more frugal we are experimenting with different fire starters. We also picked up a load of free firewood and kindling from Craigslist Free.
Bring on the fire!
Pinecone Firestarters: Christmas Cutsie
These would make a cute addition to a Christmas basket.
I followed the Tutorial at Fake it Frugal but made a few adjustments. I combined Fake It Frugal's idea with another tutorial from One Stop Candle.
From the dollar store I picked up these cute cupcake holders (snowflake sticks came in the package) and two Vanilla scented candles. I also raided my dryer for some lint just to give it extra burn time.
|the snowflake sticks are just for show|
|Hanging out in our fire log basket.|
|small pieces of dyer lint line the |
bottoms of the baking cups
|candle is melted in a tin can set |
inside a pot of hot water
Egg Carton Firestarters
The following fire starters were made from an AMAZING tutorial at Salt N Pepper. It includes videos as well as step by step pictorial directions.
This is a very economical, if not a completely free way, to make firestarters. The only thing I don't have readily on hand is left over candle wax to melt on top. Guess we're not big candle people. Thank goodness we live across the street from the dollar store! lol
|in addition to dryer lint I added some dried wood chips |
that had fallen off the wood border of the garden
|this is a cutsie package of kindling wrapped in packing paper|
a tree root weeded from the garden-area wraps the package
Our home is warm and toasty! And smells a bit like a vanilla candle! lol Hope these ideas encourage you to look for a Go Green way to reuse what you have on hand.