Whether your fireplace is indoors or out, and whether you are at home or out camping around an open fire, here is a little craft idea that will make starting a fire (on purpose!) a cinch! Just follow her steps carefully, so you don't start a fire before you want one! If you don't have a fireplace, you could still make these as a thoughtful gift for someone who does! It's a total up cycle, so the cost is virtually nil!
You'll need some coarse sawdust, a paper egg carton (foam won't work) and some wax. Miss Ginger saves the ends and crumbs of candles throughout the year, and adds them to any "strangely scented" candles she may have acquired. If you don't have enough "candle leavings" you can buy a box of wax in the canning section at your grocery store, but that kind of defeats the purpose of an up cycle, no?
Melt your wax in a double boiler, or an old, clean can floating in a pot of boiling water. An old metal coffee pot from a garage sale is a great pot for melting wax because it has a handle and spout to facilitate pouring!
While your wax is melting, begin packing the sawdust into the individual cells of the egg carton. Miss G tears the top off and use it as a little tray under the bottom to help catch the overflow, but you want to make sure you protect your work surface with several layers of paper to catch spills and soak-through.
Once the wax is melted, carefully pour it over the sawdust, filling each cell with wax. It will take a lot, because the paper carton will also soak up a lot of wax!
When the wax is completely cooled and hardened, break apart the cells to create individual starters. You can make simple gifts by tying them up in a cello bag with some festive ribbon, or fancy ones by nestling them into a bed of sawdust in a small crate or box.
These cute little fire starters light quickly and reliably with a match or lighter, and because they are coated in wax, they will work rain or shine!