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DIY Fire Starters (A Great Gift Idea)

DIY Fire Starters by virginiasweetpea.com

How is your Christmas shopping going?  I’m way behind, probably because I’d rather spend my free time crafting or cooking rather than shopping.  If you are looking for a simple gift that is great for a friend or neighbor, consider making  DIY Fire Starters.

If you don’t need a gift idea but enjoy an evening by the fire, make starting your fire easy with DIY Fire Starters.

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Candle Wax or Old Candles to Melt

Double Boiler (I use mine only for melting candles.)

Cupcake Liners  (Be sure to use high quality cupcake liners.)

Muffin Tin

Twine or Candle Wick

Pine Cones

Fire Starter Supplies



1.   Melt candle wax or old candles in a double boiler over low heat.

Melting candles


2.  Cut the stems off the ends of pine cones so that they will stand.

Pinecone Ends


3.  Wrap twine or candle wick around the base of the pine cone.

Twine Wrapped Pinecone


4.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake wrappers and stand pine cones  in each wrapper.

Pinecones in muffin tin


5.  Carefully pour melted wax into each cupcake liner.  (Wax is easily removed from the pan by freezing the pan.)

Pinecones with Wax


6.  When the wax is hard, the fire starter is ready to use.

DIY Fire Starter


Light the wick and before you know it, you’ll have a warm fire to enjoy on a cold winter’s night.

Lighting the Fire Starter

Nice Fire


Fire starters make great hostess gifts or party favors.

DIY Fire Starters Packaged


I’m ready for some quiet time by a fire and after this week of work, that’s exactly what I plan to do!


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  1. A little down time sitting by the fire sounds wonderful! And your DIY fire starters are great gifts for friends and neighbors. I love the idea of making and giving these.

  2. Brilliant idea… I have bookmarked this and added it to my crafting journal to make for my friend with an open fire for next Christmas 🙂 (Yes, I really do plan that far ahead!)

    1. I hope your friend enjoys these, Rae! We use ours for lighting a fire when we use our fire pit outdoors.


    1. Donna – The wax gets vaporized as it acts as the fuel for the lighted wick. Once vaporized, the wax combines with oxygen to ignite and form a constant flame. So, when you use these, they pretty will “disappear”!


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  5. What a great idea! If you use scented wax can you actually smell it as it burns? Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Happy Holidays link party. Pinned.

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