DIY Homemade Fire Starters With All Recycled Materials by Mau Lyn - Musely
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DIY Homemade Fire Starters With All Recycled Materials

posted in Home & Garden
07/06/2014
  • - dryer lint: self explainitory, if you have a dryer, you have tons of lint that you're either throwing away daily or saving in a shopping bag like us. If you don't hang on to any at all, you could consider asking close friends or family if you can have theirs for this project!

    - candle wax: I'm a candle addict, so once they're through burning (but there's still like 1/2 inch of wax left) I'll save them to melt down for this. Last year though I wanted to make enough for two years so we bought a few fat 10 cent pillar candles from the thrift store. worked great!

  • - empty egg cartons: We go through lots of eggs around these parts, but again if you aren't big egg consumers you could try asking friends or family if they can save their used cartons. it doesn't take very many!

    - pot for melting and pouring wax: I can't be sure that all the wax is out of it even after vigorous washing, so I have a thrifted pot that I use and never melt wax in my cooking pots.

    - wax paper: optional, you may want it though if you're doing the project inside in your kitchen for example, just to protect your surfaces from running wax.

  • Start your wax melting. If using a pot, keep the wax on very low heat, and if using a microwave be mindful of the metal bits on most candle wicks. We used up the last useless candle bits by putting them in the microwave for 30 secs or however long it took to melt the wax. Once it was melted we added it all together in a pot. Which brings me to the added bonus of having the fire starters make your house smell like yummy scented candles!

  • Place your egg carton on wax paper if desired. Tear away chunks of your dryer lint (about the size of a large golf ball), and stuff them individually into each egg slot.
    Place your egg carton on wax paper if desired. Tear away chunks of your dryer lint (about the size of a large golf ball), and stuff them individually into each egg slot.
  • Once the whole carton is stuffed, you're going to take your hot wax and slowly pour the wax over all the slots, covering most of the lint. Watch to see when the bottom of the egg carton starts becoming absorbed with the wax, then you know you've penetrated the lint and have a solid fire-starter.
    Once the whole carton is stuffed, you're going to take your hot wax and slowly pour the wax over all the slots, covering most of the lint. Watch to see when the bottom of the egg carton starts becoming absorbed with the wax, then you know you've penetrated the lint and have a solid fire-starter.
  • Once complete, leave your cartons alone to set up and harden, and you're done!
    Once complete, leave your cartons alone to set up and harden, and you're done!

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