Easy Homemade Fire Starters

I’m a big fan of scented candles – they smell so good! And, they’re perfect for hiding unwanted smells (such as when I forget to take the garbage out for a day or two).

However, as is the nature of candles, they eventually burn down to the point where you can’t really use them. Even adding a new wick isn’t a good option since there isn’t enough wax. I use to throw away the old candles when they were burnt out, but it always seemed like such a waste.

After I learned how to make emergency candles, I realized I could easily refill the glass candle with some new wax and new wicks, but what to do with the last bits of wax?

old candles

Not very pretty and not very useful.

But, then I remembered my parents could make fire starters out of crayon wax and dryer lint. While I’m not much of a camper, I figured candle wax would work much the same way. So here are my step-by-step instructions for homemade fire starters.

First, you need an empty egg carton.
egg carton

Then, fill it with dryer lint.
dryer lint in egg carton

Note, lint burns better if it’s from cotton material – synthetics tend to melt rather than burn, and they don’t smell good.

Next, I put the leftover candles and put them in a pot of boiling water – this melted the old wax into an easy to pour liquid. Of course, melting so many different kinds of scented candles at the same time probably wasn’t the best idea. Some smells don’t mix. My husband said it smelled a bit like a cat melting, which sounds graphic, but it was pretty bad. We had to open all the windows for a while.

candle in pot

And next, pour the wax over the lint-filled egg carton.

fire starter

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a lot of wax to fill them properly. However, once they are separated, I’m sure they burn just fine.

Written By JenniBee


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