OVERHEAD CLOSEUP OF HOMEMADE FIRE STARTER SURROUNDED BY OTHER FIRE STARTERS.

How to Make Homemade Fire Starters

Spread the gift of love and warmth with these easy-to-make homemade fire starters. These sophisticated and aromatic jewels possess a natural charm that make them perfect for any recipient and all occasions. 

And I’ve made gift giving even easier with 3 free printable gift tags for you!

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Supplies for Homemade Fire Starters

The nice thing about these homemade fire starters is that they’re customizable and precision isn’t required to make them. 

So you can use a variety of different materials to make them attractive and unique. And you can use as much – or as little – of any given item as you want in your fire starters. 

Here’s a list of what I used to make my latest batch of these DIY wax fire starters:

  • Whole cloves
  • Bay leaves
OVERHEAD VIEW OF VARIOUS SUPPLIES FOR HOMEMADE FIRE STARTERS.

Other Items to Consider for DIY Wax Fire Starters:

  • Pine needles
  • Pine cones
  • Dried citrus peels
  • Dried herbs
  • Star anise
  • Small twigs
  • Sawdust or wood shavings (from untreated wood only!)
  • Cardamom pods
  • Shredded paper or paper towels
  • Fragrance or essential oils

*Note: Some items are prone to ‘pop’ in a fire, so be sure to maintain a safe distance and practice good fire safety. 

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How to Make Homemade Fire Starters

Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. 

Add a piece of wick to each liner. 

Fill the liners with cinnamon sticks, cloves, dried flowers and bay leaves and any other filler item you choose. You can use as much or as little of each item as you desire. Just be sure to leave room for the wax. 

Melt the beeswax in a double boiler. Check out this related post for more information about melting wax in a double boiler. 

Then carefully pour melted wax into each cupcake liner. I generally fill each liner about ¾ of the way with wax. 

Once the wax begins to cool, add a few dried flowers and cloves to the top of the fire starter for aesthetics. 

Allow to cool completely. 

CLOSEUP OF CUPCAKE LINERS IN MUFFIN TIN WITH WICKS. NEXT TO DRIED FLOWERS, CLOVES AND CINNAMON STICKS.
CLOSEUP OF CUPCAKE LINERS FILLED WITH AROMATICS FOR FIRE STARTERS NEXT TO OTHER AROMATICS.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF FINISHED HOMEMADE FIRE STARTERS.

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Homemade Fire Starters Make Great Gifts for Any Occasion

These homemade fire starters are absolutely darling and make the perfect gift for any occasion. 

It’s also easy to make a big batch of them at one time which is especially beneficial during the holidays. In just a couple of hours, you can produce heartfelt gifts for everyone on your list while adhering to a modest budget.

Doesn’t get much better than that!

Here are just a few great opportunities for gifting homemade fire starters:

  • Christmas time
  • Hostess gift 
  • Housewarming gift
  • Party favor
  • Include in a gift basket
  • Mother’s Day / Father’s Day
  • Add to a care package
  • Thank you gift
CLOSE UP OF A GIFT TAG SURROUNDED BY OTHER GIFT TAGS, FIRE STARTERS AND TWINE.

Give The Gift of Homemade Fire Starters to Everyone on Your List!

If you’re like me, you have a long list of people you’re grateful for and want to acknowledge – especially around the holidays. 

Unfortunately, purchasing meaningful gifts for everyone on that list isn’t financially possible for most of us. 

That’s where homemade gifts come in!

And these DIY wax fire starters are a great gifting option for several reasons:

  • They’re budget-friendly – even when making a large batch of them.
  • They’re great for men and women alike. 
  • They won’t spoil and don’t require refrigeration like a lot of edible gifts.
  • You can give as many as you want. But even one of these homemade fire starters makes for a great gift – especially if packaged attractively!
  • They’re unique and practical. 
  • They can be standalone gifts,  included in a gift basket or used to supplement other gifts. 
3 HOMEMADE FIRE STARTERS STACKED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER WITH JARS AND FIRE STARTERS IN THE BACKGROUND.

Consider giving these wax fire starters to:

  • Teachers / School staff
  • Daycare staff / Nannies
  • Neighbors
  • Co-workers
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Host / Hostess
  • Anyone who has made an impact in your life

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3 DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF HOMEMADE WAX FIRE STARTERS ARRANGED IN ROWS.

How to Package Homemade Fire Starters

Now that you’ve whipped up some of these beautiful homemade fire starters, it’s time to tie them up with a pretty bow! 

Whether you’re giving individual fire starters or gifting them in a bundle, there are many attractive ways to package them that will awe the lucky recipients.

Here are just a few of my favorite ways to gift-wrap these little treasures:

  • Place in glass jars or containers – I love using recycled jars such as Ball jars, pickle jars and sauce jars. Not only is it a great way to upcycle previously used containers, but it also showcases the stunning wax fire starters! I like to pretty it up with a simple piece of scrap fabric around the lid. 
  • Gift boxes – If giving just one or two fire starters, then small gift boxes work perfectly. Tie them up with some ribbon or twine to create a more polished look!
  • Baskets – Baskets are great for gifting because they come in all shapes and sizes. You can usually find a bargain on great baskets at thrift shops. And the recipient can reuse the basket for storage and home décor! 
  • Cellophane bags
  • Brown paper bags – Using a brown paper bag instead of a standard gift bag gives these DIY fire starters a simple, rustic vibe. 
  • Metal tins – Packaging the fire starters in old metal tins gives them a quirky, vintage feel. We inherited a collection of metal tins, but you can find them at local thrift shops or yard sales.  
  • Terracotta pots – Filling terracotta pots up with homemade goodies such as these fire starters is so fun and unexpected! And the pots double as a bonus gift!
HOMEMADE FIRE STARTERS STACKED IN A GLASS JAR WITH GIFT TAG ATTACHED WITH TWINE.
SOMEONE HOLDING A BROWN BAG FILLED WITH FIRE STARTERS WITH A GIFT TAG ATTACHED WITH RIBBON.
OVERHEAD SHOT HOMEMADE FIRE STARTERS ARRANGED IN A METAL TIN NEXT TO TIN LID AND OTHER FIRE STARTERS.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF DIY FIRE STARTERS IN A SMALL BROWN BOX SURROUNDED BY OTHER HOMEMADE FIRE STARTERS.
OVERHEAD VIEW OF VARIOUS FIRE STARTERS ARRANGED IN A BASKET NEXT TO OTHER FIRE STARTERS, GIFT TAGS AND TWINE.

Check Out These Free Printable Gift Tags for Your Homemade Fire Starters!

I’ve created some free printable gift tags to make gift giving even easier for you! 

These sweet and stylish gift tags are available in 3 different designs each with a different sentiment. So you can better personalize your message to each recipient. 

Choose which one you like best or mix things up and go with all three!

These gift tags are designed to print on letter-size paper in portrait orientation. 

Printing on card stock works best, but you can also print onto regular printer paper. Card stock makes for sturdier gift tags, though. 

Then just cut out your tags, punch a hole in the top and attach with ribbon or twine!

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Tips and Tricks

  • If you don’t have beeswax handy, try making your fire starters with wax from spent candles and wax melts. It’s a great way to repurpose materials that would normally find their way into the trash, and they smell heavenly!
  • Don’t be afraid to skip the cupcake liners and experiment with different molds for your wax fire starters. For fun, I used various silicone molds for the fire starters below, and I love how they turned out! Elegant, sophisticated, but still fully functional. And I made these with used wax melts, too!
EXTREME CLOSEUP OF HOMEMADE WAX FIRE STARTER NEXT TO OTHER FIRE STARTERS.
SOMEONE HOLDING LONG, SKINNY FIRE STARTER WITH OTHER FIRE STARTERS IN THE BACKGROUND.
OVERHEAD CLOSEUP OF HOMEMADE FIRE STARTER MADE WITH A SILICONE MOLD. SURROUNDED BY OTHER FIRE STARTERS.
  • It’s difficult to nail down how much wax to melt for fire starters. But for reference, I used 1 pound of beeswax pellets to make 12 fire starters in a standard-sized muffin pan. The amount needed will vary depending on the size of your mold/cupcake liners, how many aromatics you add, etc.
  • If you melt more beeswax than you need, no problem! Just allow the wax to cool and harden. You can melt again at a later time. I like to keep an old glass jar or tea cup handy when making these fire starters. If I end up with more wax than I need, I just pour the extra into the glass jar or cup and make a bonus candle!
  • Take these fire starters camping! They’ll help you get a campfire going even in wet conditions. 

And if you're planning a camping trip, be sure to check out these other posts to make your trip the ultimate success!

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Akansha
2 months ago

Sooo creative! Would love to try it this Sunday.

The Curious Dig
2 months ago

These are absolutely stunning. And gorgeous images. Such a lovely skill to share.

Stephanie
Stephanie
2 months ago

These will be the perfect gift for all of my friends/family who have outdoor fire pits. I just hope mine turn out half as beautiful as yours – will try to follow your instructions closely!

Rachel
2 months ago

These are super cute! I bet they smell good too. I think I already have everything on hand so I’m definitely going to try them out!

my only problem is I don’t think I have many friends who make fires regularly…😅 more for me!

tiannaskitchen
2 months ago

This is such a unique fire starter idea, i love it!

Alison
2 months ago

These are such a lovely gift idea! I can’t wait to make some 🙂

Chantal
2 months ago

These look amazing! I need to go source some beeswax and wick so I can make them as gifts – I actually already have all the cinnamon, spices, and herbs. Love your curated list, but don’t have Amazon here in SA quite yet, (apparently coming soon though). Will also make myself a good basketful for our firepit.

Shelley
2 months ago

This is such a unique gift idea!