How to make Organic Fire Starters

Learn a simple way to make the cutest Organic Fire Starters

I have always loved a crackling log fire whether they’re outdoors in our backyard, on safari in the wilds of Africa, a cozy room at home or a favorite hotel. Since we moved to Connecticut, I get to enjoy them frequently, snuggled on my sofa with Ashlee curled up next to me. It makes a lovely change from living in South Florida. When we first began making fires, we used the pre-treated starter logs bought at our local grocery store to get our fire going but I’ve been researching ways of making fires that are less chemical infused and more natural and in line with my goal of

making everything in my life a form of art. I’m no girl-scout and do not have the knack of making a blazing fire from a twig and a handful of leaves. So, I definitely need more help than just a box of matches!

From a few friends on Instagram, I learned how to make the cutest fire starters using beeswax, scented plants and berries, and old cardboard egg containers. It’s a simple, fun project using yummy materials, so I thought I’d share it with you so you can give them a try too.

What You’ll Need:

  • An empty egg carton – not plastic.
  • a bag of beeswax pellets (See the link at the end of this post for the pellets I use.)
  • a metal container to melt your wax in. I used a disposable baking pan but any kind of metal can would work.
  • a heated surface to melt your wax. I used my encaustic hot plate, but you could do this over very low heat on your stove.
  • oven mitts to handle heated metal can.
  • stick to stir melted wax.
  • Dried rosemary and pine needles. I harvested mine from my garden.
  • Fresh cranberries for color.

The Simple How-To

  1. Chop the Rosemary and Pineneedles and mix them together in a bowl.
  2. Pour the beeswax pellets into the metal container and melt slowly over a low heat using a stick to stir.
  3. Add the mix of Rosemary and Pine to each cup of your egg container to about 3/4 full. Add a berry or two for color.
  4. Use oven mitts to remove the melted beeswax from the heat and pour carefully and slowly over each cup. Give it time to seep down so the entire cup is full. The first couple I did only had wax at the top.
  5. Allow to cool and harden.

Organic Art-full Home

Once the wax is cool and hard your fire starters are ready to use. I add them to my collection of fireplace materials next to my fireplace. Break off a few blocks at a time to use. They should burn for a good few minutes – enough time for your kindling to catch fire and then you’ll be ready for some big logs.

You can use your imagination for different scented herbs and spices to include in your mix. Lavender and cinnamon sticks are good as are orange or lemon peels.

Have fun experimenting with different options.

I used pure organic white beeswax pellets. Here is the link. (FYI I get a small commission when you buy products from my links.)

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