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Practical fireplace lighter make yourself for personal use or to give away

  • DIY

With the end of summer, the cold days are approaching. And the cold seasons are best spent cozily in front of the fireplace. So it’s time to get ready for it. We can’t get you firewood for the fireplace, but we can show you how to make fireplace kindling yourself. With the help of the following instructions, you can make great firelighters and then there will be hardly anything standing in the way of your warm autumn and winter evenings.

Make your own fireplace lighter - practical DIY projects for fireplaces, stoves and campfires

Make your own fireplace lighter with wax and natural materials

Make pretty fireplace lighters yourself to give away with pine cones, berries and cinnamon

Let’s face it, store-bought fireplace lighters aren’t really pretty to look at! However, if you make the fireplace lighters yourself, they will not only help you light the fire, but will serve as a pretty decoration at all other times. These wax stove lighters are also great for gift giving. You will need:

  • Wax
  • Candle wick
  • Natural materials such as pine cones , bay leaves, berries, cinnamon sticks and the like.
  • Muffin tin
  • Muffin paper cups

Crafting gifts for friends - stove lighter made from natural materials

Wax fireplace lighters are really quick and easy to make. All you need to do is place the paper molds in the muffin tin and place a candle wick in each mold. Then spread the selected natural materials around it. Melt the wax in a water bath and pour it into the paper molds. Once the wax has solidified, the kindling is ready. Instead of muffin molds, feel free to use other shapes.

Make your own fireplace lighter from pine cones

Make your own fireplace lighter with wax and pine cones as a Christmas gift idea


Equally pretty to look at are these stove lighters made from pine cones, which get a special look thanks to the wax. Are you still looking for a gift idea that you can make yourself, you can choose this organic fireplace lighter. But to make sure that this one is really ecological, use only organic products for its production. Arrange the finished lighters in a pretty gift basket.

  • Pine cone
  • Soy wax flakes (in the example about 1 kg)
  • coloring agent for wax
  • optional: scents for candles
  • Candle wick
  • wooden spoon
  • heat-resistant container
  • pot
  • wax paper and aluminum foil
  • scissors

Place the heatproof container in the pot and in turn place the pot on the stove. To avoid staining your stove with wax while making it, you can cover it with aluminum foil and/or wax paper or baking paper. Add water to the pot (not the other container!) and then heat it. In the other container, add the wax and melt it in this water bath, stirring constantly.

Make your own oven lighter – dye wax

For the stove lighters from cones melt and dye wax

Once the wax has liquefied, you can add the colorant. To make it melt faster, you can crush it beforehand. Then set aside a piece of baking paper on which you can place the pine cones to harden. However, before you make the fireplace lighters yourself, test the color to see if you like the shade or if you want to stir in more color (if it’s too dark for them, add more wax to lighten it). To do this, simply put a small blob on a piece of aluminum foil. If you like, you can also mix a little scented oil into the wax now.

Dip the cone in wax

Wrap the pine cones with wick and dip them in liquid wax


Then cut the wick and wrap it around the pine cone as seen in the instructions. Wait for the wax to cool a bit (you can get started when the wax at the top starts to harden). Hold the cone by the loop and support it at the bottom with the wooden spoon so the wick doesn’t unwind again. Dip the cone into the wax, remove it, and let the excess wax drip off well. Place the cone on the baking paper to dry and continue with the other cones in the meantime.

Once the first layer has dried (after about 15 minutes), you can remove the lumps at the bottom of the cone and gradually dip all the cones back into the wax and then let them drip and harden. In this way, you will create several layers. In the meantime, it will be necessary to melt the wax again. Once you are satisfied with the color of the pine cone, dip the tip and loop into the wax and you have made your own original stove lighters! You can use the remaining wax to make a large candle in a jar.

Stove lighter with wood wool or sawdust

Simple idea for stove lighter from sawdust, wood wool or pencil shavings and wax

You can also make natural fireplace lighters yourself from sawdust. In addition, you will need wax and some tools. Below you will find a summary of everything you need, as well as DIY instructions to make your own stove lighters.

  • Sawdust (alternatively, you can also make kindling from wood wool).
  • Beeswax pastilles
  • Muffin baking pan
  • Muffin paper cups
  • empty tin can

If you would like to make the fireplace kindling yourself, spread the paper cups in the baking tin and then fill them with the sawdust or, if you are using wood wool for the fireplace kindling, with the wool. Put the wax pastilles in the tin and melt them in a water bath. Once the wax is melted, you can use it to fill the ramekins. The tin is hot! Therefore, it is best to wear gloves. Now let the wax molds cool and harden and you can use them or wrap them nicely to give away.

Make your own fireplace lighter with a toilet paper roll

Craft idea for autumn and winter - stove lighter homemade from toilet rolls

For personal use and if you do not attach importance to a particularly beautiful appearance, you can also collect toilet paper rolls and use them to make practical lighters for the fireplace. You simply fill these with combustible materials. A really great idea for this is to use the lint that collects on the filter of the dryer. But sawdust, small cones and similar things are also suitable.

Light a fire easily with homemade lighters from simple materials

However, if you are using materials like cones, you will need to seal the rolls. To do this, you can either press the sides in or wrap newspaper around the roll and then twist the two sides closed like you would with pop candy. You simply stuff the dryer lint and sawdust or wood shavings into the toilet roll. You don’t need to do more than that, as they will stick well inside.

With corks and spirit

Corks as fuel for lighting fires

Collect the corks of your wine bottles and you can make practical fireplace lighters yourself, which are pretty to look at. You need:

  • Wine corks
  • Weckglas
  • Methylated spirits

Methylated spirits, wine corks and preserving jars for crafting firelighters

Take a large pickle jar and fill it with the corks. Then fill it with the methylated spirits until the corks are covered, close it and let it sit for a few days. The corks will soak up the spirit and become the perfect stove lighters this way. Always use a sealable jar to avoid odors and to prevent the spirit from evaporating.

Make your own stove lighter with wax and cotton pads.

Simple fireplace lighter make yourself with wax and cotton pads

This idea is also really quick to make. You can buy special wax or alternatively use leftover candles or a candle you don’t use. In this case, you probably even already have all the necessary products at home. You can make these simple fireplace lighters yourself by following these instructions:

  • Cotton pads
  • Wax or candle
  • pot
  • heat-resistant container
  • wooden spoon
  • tongs
  • baking paper
  • freezer bag

Heat the wax or candle in a water bath or use an old pot. In either case, choose a low heat and stir regularly to gently heat the wax and prevent burning. In the meantime, lay out baking paper. Once the wax is liquid, you can place the cotton pads in it and turn them over with the tongs. Then let the pads dry on the baking paper and store the finished kindling in a sealable freezer bag.

Mini lighters for on the go

Mini fireplace lighter homemade for on the go - light campfires quickly

Instead of the classic kindling cubes that are available for purchase, you can also make handy kindling like this for when you’re on the go. Whether you’ve planned camping with a campfire or will be grilling outdoors, you’re guaranteed to succeed in lighting a fire with these simple tools – provided, of course, you have a lighter or matches with you.

  • Straws
  • Cotton balls
  • Lighter
  • Pliers
  • Scissors

Make small stove lighters with straw and absorbent cotton

Cut the straws into smaller pieces, grab one of the ends with the pliers (so that a little bit sticks out from the straw) and melt the plastic with a lighter. This way you will weld the open end. Then take absorbent cotton and put some of it inside the straw. If you twist the wadding in a little, it will be easier to insert. You can also help it along with the tip of the scissors or a chopstick. Leave a little space at the open end to allow it to melt as well. Seal the other end as well.

Quick and easy DIY lighters for camping trips

Small oven lighter with toilet paper rolls

Make your own fireplace lighters from toilet rolls - compact versions with spirit

We have already shown you an idea with toilet paper rolls, but we would like to offer you another variant. This is smaller kindling, which is also good for trips. You need:

  • Cotton balls
  • methylated spirits
  • toilet paper rolls
  • Yarn
  • Wax
  • baking paper
  • old pot

Crafting with toilet paper rolls - Cut the rolls in half and fill them with cotton balls

Cut the toilet rolls in half and close one of the sides by folding it as shown in the picture. Dip some cotton balls in the spirit and fill the roll with it. Then also fold the open side like the other one to get a small sealed packet . In addition to this, tie it shut with yarn. In this way, you will not only prevent the package from opening again. You will also get a kind of wick that will help you light the fireplace lighter. For this purpose, the ends of the yarn should not be too short.

Make small packets as lighters and dip them in wax

Then melt the wax (for example, leftover candles or but purchased wax) in a saucepan over low heat. In the meantime, lay out baking paper on the work surface. Once the wax is melted, you can dip the packets into it and then place them on the baking paper to cool and harden. The purpose of the wax is to make the kindling waterproof on the one hand and to prevent the spirit from evaporating on the other.

Make your own fireplace lighter with egg carton

Egg cartons, yarn and kerosene for homemade lighters

This idea, with which you can make fireplace lighters yourself, is somewhat similar to the first variant with loo rolls, except that this time you use egg cartons and in this way you get more compact lighters. You will need:

  • Egg carton
  • Lint from the filter of a dryer (alternatively, wood chips, absorbent cotton or other materials already mentioned)
  • kerosene , beeswax or candle remnants
  • Baking paper
  • scissors or sharp knife
  • optional: yarn

Make your own fireplace lighter from egg cartons and dryer filter lint

Cut the lid off the egg carton and fill the containers with the chosen burning material. Then place the carton on baking paper to protect your work surface in case something drips beside it later. Over low heat, melt the kerosene or wax and then pour it into each container of the carton so the filler can absorb the liquid.

Wait until everything has cooled and cut off each of the containers. Then fold the four corners over each other and tie yarn around the obtained package. Later, when you want to light the kindling, use either the yarn or an area that is not soaked with wax to do so. These kindling will burn for about 15-20 minutes as the wax increases the burn time.