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DIY Fire Starters

These DIY fire starters are so cute, smell wonderful, and most importantly, do an amazing job at getting that fire blazing. They can be used for outdoor bonfires or indoor wood-burning fireplaces, and are perfect for holiday gifts, hostess gifts, and housewarming gifts, too.

Fire Starter Instructions (makes 12)

Supplies Needed

  • 12 pinecones (instructions on how to dry pinecones at
  • 12 slices of dried citrus (instructions on how to dry citrus at
  • 24 cinnamon sticks
  • 12-24 whole star anise
  • 24 dried bay leaves
  • 12 tulip cupcake liners
  • 1 lb. soy candle wax (give or take)
  • 12 candle wicks (metal piece removed)
  • 1 muffin pan
  • Old cooking pot
  • Disposable spoon

How to Assemble

  • Assemble your fire starters by lining the muffin pan with cupcake liners.

  • Add natural elements into each cupcake liner.

  • Add a candle wick into the center of each liner.

  • Melt wax over low heat. Once the wax is clear, remove from the heat.

  • Carefully pour melted wax into each liner up to 1/4 to 1/2 full.

  • Let sit at room temperature for a few hours to harden.

  • Remove fire starters from the muffin pan and they’re ready to use!

If you're creating these fire starters for gifts, you can use the following items.

  • White boxes (4-inch square)

  • Striker paper stickers

  • Flat place cards

  • Matches

  • Twine

  • Dried citrus