CLOSE UP OF A DRYER LINT FIRE STARTER MADE IN AN EGG CARTON NEXT TO OTHER FIRE STARTERS AND MATCHES.

How to Make Fire Starters with Dryer Lint – 3 Easy Methods!

Keeping warm by the fire has never been easier than with these homemade fire starters with dryer lint. And I’m sharing my top three methods for upcycling this common waste product into something functional, effective and absolutely charming.

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Version 1 - Fire Starters with Dryer Lint, Toilet Paper Rolls and Wax Paper

This first method of making fire starters with dryer lint is as easy as 1-2-3 and relies solely on everyday household items. 

The best part – most of these items would normally find their way into the trash bin. So these homemade fire starters are a great way to turn trash into treasure!

FIRE STARTERS MADE WITH DRYER LINT IN A BASKET NEAR TOWEL AND TWINE. GIFT TAGS TIED AROUND FIRE STARTERS.

What You Need

  • Dryer lint
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Wax paper
  • Jute twine (Optional)

How to Make Fire Starters with Dryer Lint, Toilet Paper Rolls and Wax Paper

1. Fill toilet paper roll with dryer lint. The goal is to fill the roll with lint, but not pack it in too tightly. Optional: You can cut the toilet paper roll in half before stuffing it to make smaller fire starters.

2. Wrap the toilet paper roll in wax paper and twist the ends to close. 

3. Optional: Tie a bow around the twisted ends with jute twine. This isn’t necessary for functionality, but it gives these fire starters some decorative flare. 

4. To use, simply light the ends of the wax paper or jute twine if using. The fire starter will burn long enough to ignite your kindling and get your fire going.

SUPPLIES FOR FIRE STARTERS WITH DRYER LINT: DRYER LINT, TOILET PAPER ROLLS, WAX PAPER AND TWINE
CLOSE UP OF TOILET PAPER ROLL FILLED WITH DRYER LINT SURROUNDED BY OTHER ROLLS AND BALL OF TWINE
SOMEONE HOLDING A FIRE STARTER WITH DRYER LINT WITH A GIFT TAG ATTACHED. OTHER FIRE STARTERS IN THE BACKGROUND.

Version 2 - Fire Starters with Dryer Lint, Toilet Paper Roll and Beeswax

This method is similar to the first but utilizes beeswax instead of wax paper. 

The beeswax prolongs the burn time of the fire starter, so this version is useful in situations where it’s more difficult to get a fire going.

CLOSE UP OF FIRE STARTER MADE WITH DRYER LINT WRAPPED IN NEWSPAPER. WARM WISHES GIFT TAG ATTACHED WITH TWINE.

What You Need

  • Dryer lint
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Newspaper

How to Make Fire Starters with Dryer Lint, Toilet Paper Rolls and Beeswax

1. Cut the toilet paper roll in half. Then cut 4 evenly spaced slits in one end of the roll creating 4 rectangular flaps.

2. Fold each flap in one at a time. Tuck the last flap under the first flap like you’re closing a box. 

OVERHEAD VIEW OF SUPPLIES FOR FIRE STARTERS WITH DRYER LINT, TOILET PAPER ROLLS AND BEESWAX.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF TOILET PAPER ROLLS CUT IN HALF WITH BOWL OF BEESWAX IN THE CORNER.
SOMEONE HOLDING TOILET PAPER ROLL SHOWING 4 SLITS CUT INTO ONE END. BEESWAX, SCISSORS, LINT AND OTHER TOILET PAPER ROLLS IN BACKGROUND.
SOMEONE HOLDING TOILET PAPER ROLL SHOWING ONE SIDE FOLDED IN. BEESWAX, LINT AND OTHER ROLLS IN THE BACKGROUND.
SOMEONE HOLDING TOILET PAPER ROLL WITH TWO SIDES FOLDED IN. BEESWAX, SCISSORS AND OTHER ROLLS IN THE BACKGROUND.
SOMEONE HOLDING HALVED ROLL WITH 3 SIDES FOLDED IN. BEESWAX, SCISSORS AND OTHER TOILET PAPER ROLLS IN THE BACKGROUND.
SOMEONE HOLDING TOILET PAPER ROLL WITH ALL 4 SIDES FOLDED IN. OTHER SUPPLIES FOR FIRE STARTERS IN THE BACKGROUND.
SOMEONE HOLDING TOILET PAPER ROLL WITH ONE END ALL FOLDED UP FOR FIRE STARTERS WITH DRYER LINT.

3. Then fill each toilet paper roll with lint being careful not to stuff them too full. Place the filled rolls in an aluminum foil pan. 

4. Using the double boiler method, slowly melt your beeswax. *See below for more in-depth instructions to melt beeswax in a double boiler. 

5. Once the beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. You want the beeswax to cool slightly but still be in a liquid state. If your beeswax cools too long and begins to harden, just remelt. 

6. Carefully pour some of the melted wax into each of the lint-filled toilet paper rolls. Allow the wax to cool completely. 

7. Once completely cooled, wrap each toilet paper roll with newspaper and tie off with jute twine. 

8. To use this type of dryer lint fire starter, just place one in your prepared kindling bed and light the end of the newspaper or jute twine.

OVERHEAD VIEW OF TOILET PAPER ROLLS STUFFED WITH LINT NEXT TO SCISSORS AND NEWSPAPER.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF PAPER TOWEL ROLLS FILLED WITH DRYER LINT AND BEESWAX NEXT TO SCISSORS AND NEWSPAPER.
SOMEONE HOLDING PAPER TOWEL ROLL WITH LINT AND HARDENED BEESWAX FIRE STARTER.
DRYER LINT FIRE STARTERS WRAPPED IN NEWSPAPER WITH GIFT TAGS ATTACHED WITH TWINE. SURROUNDED BY OTHER FIRE STARTERS, MATCHES AND GIFT TAGS.

Version 3 - Fire Starters with Dryer Lint, Egg Cartons and Beeswax

This last variation of fire starters with dryer lint is probably my favorite. 

Like the other two methods, this one utilizes upcycled materials that would otherwise get thrown away. But by adding a few extra finishing touches, these homemade fire starters go from ordinary to oh-so-very pretty. And they smell good, too!

CLOSE UP OF ONE OF THE EGG CARTON FIRE STARTERS WITH GLASS JAR OF OTHER FIRE STARTERS IN THE BACKGROUND.

What You Need

  • Dryer lint
  • Pressed paper egg cartons (Plastic and foam won’t work here)
  • Whole cloves (Optional)
  • Dried orange slices (Optional)

How to Make Fire Starters with Dryer Lint, Egg Cartons and Beeswax

1. Fill each indentation in your egg carton with dryer lint and add about an inch-long piece of wick. 

2. Then add any dried flowers, dried fruit, cinnamon sticks, cloves or any other aromatics you prefer at this time. 

3. Using the double boiler method, slowly melt your beeswax. *See below for more in-depth instructions to melt beeswax in a double boiler. 

OVERHEAD VIEW OF THE SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR FIRE STARTERS WITH DRYER LINT, EGG CARTONS AND BEESWAX
OVERHEAD VIEW OF EGG CARTON STUFFED WITH DRYER LINT NEXT TO ROLL OF WICK, CINNAMON STICKS AND BEESWAX.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF EGG CARTON STUFFED WITH DRYER LINT WITH WICKS NEXT TO CLOVES, CINNAMON STICKS AND DRIED ORANGE SLICES.

4. Once the beeswax is completely melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 30 minutes. You want the beeswax to cool slightly but still be in a liquid state. If your beeswax cools too long and begins to harden, just remelt. 

5. Carefully pour some beeswax over each slot of the egg carton. Allow to cool completely. 

6. Once cooled, separate each of the egg slots with an Exacto knife.

7. To use these fire starters, place in your prepared bed of kindling and light the wick. The dryer lint fire starter will burn long enough to ignite the kindling and start your fire. 

OVERHEAD VIEW OF EGG CARTON STUFFED WITH DRYER LINT WITH DRIED FLOWERS, ORANGES, CINNAMON STICKS AND CLOVES.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF FIRE STARTERS MADE IN AN EGG CARTON WITH LINT, DRIED FLOWERS AND OTHER AROMATICS.
CLOSEUP OF COMPLETED HOMEMADE FIRE STARTER WITH LINT NEXT TO OTHER FIRE STARTERS AND EXACTO KNIFE.

How to Set Up Your Double Boiler to Melt the Beeswax

A double boiler is a method of gently applying indirect heat to a product. And while there are double boiler systems that you can purchase, I find that a DIY home version works just as well – especially for something like melting wax!

What You Need

  • A medium-sized heatproof vessel such as a bowl, pan or even aluminum canNote: The vessel you choose for melting the wax will no longer be suitable to use for food preparation so go with something old that you don’t mind parting with in the kitchen. I keep an old enamel camping pan specifically for melting wax for various projects.
  • A larger pot or deep pan -This is only to heat the water, so it is ok to use one of your everyday cooking pots or pans.
  • Some sort of utensil for stirring the beeswax – I like to use a wooden skewer or a long popsicle stick. 
  • Metal cookie cutter or canning ring – Ideally, the two vessels you use for your double boiler should fit together snugly. If they do not, just place a cookie cutter or canning ring in the bottom of your pot of water to keep the vessel of melting wax from touching the bottom. 
OVERHEAD VIEW OF BEESWAX MELTING IN DOUBLE BOILER ON STOVE.

Melting the Wax in a Double Boiler

1. In your larger pot or pan of choice, bring a couple of inches of water to a gentle simmer. Resist the urge to crank up the heat. Low and slow is better when melting wax to avoid the risk of fire or injury. 

2. Place your heatproof vessel over top of the simmering water. If they don’t fit snugly, place a metal cookie cutter or canning ring in the pot of simmering water to keep the bowl of wax off of the bottom of the water pot. 

3. Stirring occasionally, allow the wax to melt completely. 

4. Be careful not to boil all of the water out of your bottom pot. If the water starts to get low, add a little bit more, and keep simmering. I keep my electric kettle primed and ready to go in case I need to add some more water so I don’t have to wait for the new water to get up to temp.

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Homemade Dryer Lint Fire Starters Make Great Gifts

Making fire starters with dryer lint is a great way to turn things that are typically considered trash into treasure. And while I always keep some on hand for personal use, they’re also great for gift giving as well. 

These homemade dryer lint fire starters possess a real rustic charm that will delight friends and family alike. 

They’re also an easy and economical option for gifting to neighbors, teachers, coworkers and anyone else you want to spread holiday cheer to. 

These would also be darling additions to a housewarming gift basket or included with a bottle of wine for a hostess gift. 

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CLOSE UP OF GLASS JAR OF EGG CARTON FIRE STARTERS WITH GIFT TAG ATTACHED. NEXT TO TWINE, CINNAMON STICKS AND OTHER FIRE STARTERS.

Take Your Homemade Fire Starters on Your Next Camping Trip

Anyone who has ever been camping knows how important having a fire is for cooking, comfortability and for s’more making!

Make your life easier by packing along some of your dryer lint fire starters on your next camping trip. 

Even better still, the two methods that utilize beeswax have the added benefit of being water resistant so it’ll be easier to light a fire even in wet conditions.

And Be Sure to Check Out These Other Camping Related Posts to Make Your Trip a Success!

ROW OF EGG CARTON FIRE STARTERS TIED WITH TWINE, CINNAMON STICKS AND GIFT TAG. NEXT TO TWINE, FIRE STARTERS AND CINNAMON STICK.

Tips and Tricks

  • You eagle-eyed readers out there probably noticed that I didn’t include any measurements in this post. That was not by accident. None of these methods for fire starters made with dryer lint need to be precise, so I generally just eyeball things.  But, as a point of reference, I used about a pound of beeswax pellets to make 30 of the fire starters using the egg carton. 
  • If I end up with leftover melted wax, I either add it to a recycled, clean glass jar for a candle or let it harden and remelt it when I need beeswax for a future project. 
  • When I started composting a few years ago, I began saving my dryer lint in a decorative basket in my laundry room. Once I fill up the basket, I take it out to my compost bin. So I always have a pretty steady supply of lint on hand for this project. Depending on how much laundry you do in a week, it may be a good idea for you to start saving your dryer lint a few weeks ahead of when you plan to tackle dryer lint fire starters. If you don’t want to wait for a large supply of dryer lint, you can also make these with shredded paper or sawdust (provided it’s not from treated wood!).
  • Do you have some spent candles or wax melts floating around your house? This is a great project for reusing old candle wax! Just melt down and use in place of the beeswax. 
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Which of these methods for dryer lint fire starters is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Stephanie
7 hours ago

These are so darn adorable! I am bookmarking this page. I think it will make a great gift for my friends who have outdoor firepits and struggle with starting the fire – I just hope mine look as good as yours – or almost as good.

Susan Whited
6 hours ago

What a great idea and you made it so cute too! Now I can recycle all that dryer lint into my firepit!

Karen Kasberg
4 hours ago

What clever ideas all packaged up beautifully! Who knew there was such an amazing use for all that dryer lint lol Thanks for sharing!