Lately I’ve been getting into more of an emergency prep type mindset. I just figure that you can never be too prepared. I’ve been saving some items that would normally just be thrown away:
-cardboard egg cartons (make sure they aren’t the foam ones!)
I take those items and make something useful- Firestarters! These would also make a great gift for the outdoors person in your life. I totally plan on bringing a bunch with us on our next camping trip.
Making these is easy!
The steps couldn’t be simpler. Collect the lint from your dryer. I keep mine in a baggie.
I collect any scrap of wax I can get in a tin can. (You can also buy wax at a craft store.) Once I get a good amount, I gather my other items and get to work.
To melt the wax, I put the can in a pot with about 2 inches of water (which is known as a double boiler) and the temperature on medium high.
Once the wax is melted, I carefully pour it over my lint/egg carton. (Stick a piece of foil under your carton, just in case it drips through.)
When hardened you can cut/tear the carton into smaller pieces and stick it all in a larger baggie.
To light- just strike a match to the cardboard. The wax helps to slow the burning.
I tested one the other day because I was curious how long it would burn. It burned for steady for 10 minutes. This is easily enough time to light some bigger kindling and then bigger logs.
The best part about this project is that everything is FREE. It’s all stuff you were most likely going to throw away anyway.
On a sidenote- I saw these campfire ornaments at a shop around Christmas. Aren’t they adorable? They are made from felt. I want to make some for our camping friends for next year.