Fire starters are the perfect way to get your fireplace roaring in no time. There is no need to buy the pre-made varieties, when you can easily make them yourself. Take a look at these easy to craft fire starters we made, using just dryer lint as our filler. Not only do they work well, but look at how you can make them fancy and perfect for gift giving too! If you have a wood burning fireplace or know someone who does, read on to find out how you can make your own.
Fancy DIY Dryer Lint Fire Starters
- Cardboard tube (paper towel tubes or toilet paper tubes are ideal)
- Dryer lint
- Scrapbook paper
- Tape or glue
- Twine (optional)
1. Begin by breaking your dryer lint into smaller pieces, and stuff it down into the cardboard tube. Keep adding lint until the tube is full.
2. Wrap the scrapbook paper of your choice (newspaper or tissue also works well) around the tube. You want the paper to be longer than the tube, so about an inch of paper is left on each end. Secure it in place with either clear tape or glue.
3. Finish off the fire starter by folding the extra edges of the paper inward inside of the tube. This will hold the lint in.
4. Wrap a length of twine around the tube and tie into a bow. This adds to the fanciness of the piece and makes it perfect for gift giving or displaying in your own home.
How simple was that? As you can see, the finished result is so pretty and yet functional at the same time. To use your fire starter, just light the twine and toss the whole piece into the fire. As mentioned, these are only intended for wood burning fireplaces. They should not be used in gas fire places.
Gather some dryer lint and cardboard tubes and try crafting these frugal and fancy fire starters yourself. They are a wonderful way to get your fire roaring!