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Homemade Wax Fire Starters

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Homemade Wax Fire Starters- ‘Tis the season to gather around a fire in your fireplace or outdoor fire pit. You can get a cozy fire started using items foraged from the great outdoors and this easy how-to.

Homemade Wax Fire Starters


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The wax fire starters are ideal way to get a fire going fast, plus they smell amazing! They also make a great hostess gift. You’ll need to pick up a few items you may not already have like soy or beeswax and cotton wicks, but everything else can be found in your home or backyard, which makes this a very economical project.

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

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Supplies needed:

Muffin tray

Cupcake liners

Beeswax (you can also melt down old candles)


Dried orange slices (read below for instructions for how to dry out orange slices)

Mix-ins (cinnamon sticks, dried herbs, pieces of pinecone or evergreens, dried flowers, etc)

How to dry out orange slices for craft projects

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the oranges approximately 1/8 of an inch thick. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Blot them with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Bake for 2-4 hours, turning them over every hour. Once they are dried out, remove from the heat and let cool throughly before using.


Homemade Wax Fire Starters

Gather the foraged items you want to use in your fire starters and break them into smaller pieces that will fit into the tray’s cups.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Place liners inside a cupcake tray. Add approximately 1/4 cup of wax to each cup (they should be 1/2 full). I cut an old candle into pieces instead of buying new wax. Place the tray on a rimmed baking sheet and place in the oven. Heat until the wax is melted (approximately 5 minutes). Remove the tray from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

Once the tray comes out of the oven you will have to work fast so the wax doesn’t harden before you’ve had a chance to finish.

Add the wicks. You can straighten them out as the wax hardens.

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

Add the foraged items, making sure that each one is pressed into the wax.

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

Wait approximately 20 minutes for the wax to fully harden. Remove the fire starters from the tray. You can either remove the cupcakes liners or leave them on.

Homemade Wax Fire Starters

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I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making these Homemade Wax Fire Starters or any of my other craft projects, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, just tag me @ginamicheleblog. Happy crafting!

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