Saturday, December 8, 2012

Two Homemade Fire Starter Ideas

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.

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  1. Great ideas! Which worked better for you?

    1. The pine cones worked better because the flame reaches higher.(We put our fire starters under the grate.) The egg carton ones would work well either closer to the wood or with more kindling.

  2. I have about a million pinecones in my front yard, this would be a great use for them. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

    1. That's awesome that you have so many pine cones so close! My kids and I had to hunt for some. Totally worth the effort though.

  3. What a fun idea and a great gift. Too bad I have a pellet stove. I think I might get in trouble if I throw one of those in there lol. ;)

  4. These are such clever ideas!

    Thanks for linking up to the weekly creative :)
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  5. I love these! They look great, too! They would make the perfect gift. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent again this week. I love seeing all of your amazing projects. :)


  6. I featured your post in the weeks link party.
    Have a great week.

  7. Great idea. We don't have a fireplace now, but eventually when we move we're looking for a place that has one. There's just something so comfy about enjoying the heat from your fireplace vs. cranking up the heater. I'll have to remember these as well.


  8. Wow what a GREAT idea! I wish I had a fireplace ;)

  9. We have got so much wood--we took down a few trees last summer. I am showing this to my husband! And, thanks for linking up at the oldies party last week. I am pinning this!