Homemade Fire Starters

DIY

Made with beeswax and natural elements, these homemade fire starters are a beautiful and simple way to get your fire started. They also make a thoughtful homemade gift and decorative accent for your home. 

homemade fire starters in a wood bowl.

Let’s Get This Fire Started

I have a fun, easy, and inexpensive craft for you today. These homemade fire starters are easy to make, very inexpensive (especially if you use what you have), and wonderfully functional. I love a craft that has a purpose. I also think these would make an excellent gift idea. Wouldn’t they look great paired with a box of long matches?

homemade fire starters in a gift bag with matches.

I’m excited today because I’m back with my Seasons of Home blogger friends to share beautiful and frugal seasonal ideas with you. As you might have guessed from the title of this post, my contribution will be making these homemade fire starters. My blogger friends are also sharing their budget-friendly decor and craft ideas with you. Once you’re done here, be sure to click through all of the links at the end of this post to check out everyone’s festive projects and spaces.

I’ve been wanting to share more handmade ideas and crafts here on Inspired by Charm. One of my goals in creating and sharing projects like this is that they have some sort of functionality. These homemade fire starters checked all the boxes. Not only do they work well, but they look pretty too. It’s a win-win! 

Want more homemade decor / gift ideas? Try these:

homemade fire starters in a wood bowl on fireplace hearth.

Additionally, I love that these fire starters are affordable to make especially if you melt down old candles and use natural finds from your yard. (I’ll get into that more below.) You can also customize them with whatever colors and natural finds you like. 

Ready to make some of these fire starters? Let’s get to it! 

homemade fire starters in a wood bowl.

Here’s What You Will Need:

You only need a few items to put together these handmade fire starters. Let me walk you through the list.  

natural elements for making fire starters.
  • silicone cupcake baking cups – You can find the cups I used HERE. These make the process super easy. Alternatively, you could use paper liners in a metal muffin pan. The paper should peel off, but even if it doesn’t the starters should function the same. 
  • beeswax pellets – Any candle wax will work for this project. You could even melt down candles that you’re no longer using. Just keep in mind that if you use a scented or colored candle, your fire starters will take on those scents and colors. HERE are the beeswax pellets I used
  • candle wicks – You only need a wick that’s about 3-inches long. However, I found that length hard to find, so I just bought THESE and cut them once the fire starters were set. 
  • natural elements – To keep this project low budget, I recommend foraging your yard. However, I did link some of the items below should you prefer to purchase them. 

Natural Element Suggestions:

homemade fire starters in a wood bowl.

How To Make these Fire Starters: 

I have to admit I made these fire starters the hard way. It wasn’t until I was writing this post that I figured out an easier and virtually mess-free way to make these. If you’re curious, I originally melted my beeswax pellets in a measuring cup in a double broiler on my stove and then poured the melted wax into my silicone baking cups. This method worked, but cleaning the measuring cups and drips of melted wax off my counter wasn’t easy or fun. The method I share below requires almost zero cleanup and no mess. Just go slow and use caution when removing the pan from the oven. I will walk you through the steps to make these homemade fire starters here. I’ve also provided a printable card at the bottom of this post with a supply list and instructions. 

  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F. 
  2. Place 12 silicone baking cups on a baking pan. 
silicone baking cups on sheet tray.
  1. Fill each cup about 3/4ths of the way full with beeswax pellets. Place into the oven and heat until all the wax is melted. 
  2. Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a heatproof surface or cooling rack. 
  3. Work quickly. Start by adding a wick to each baking cup, then fill them with your natural finds. Be sure that each dried flower, pinecone, twig, etc. has part of it submerged in the wax to keep it held in place. 
adding dried flowers to homemade fire starters.
  1. Leave at room temperature to set. Then, remove the fire starters from the silicone baking cups and store them in a basket near your fireplace. 
homemade fire starters on counter.
homemade fire starters in a wood bowl.

How to Use a Homemade Fire Starter:

To use, place a fire starter at the bottom of a wood-burning fireplace. Stack logs on top of it. Light the wick and allow the fire starter to burn until the wood catches on fire. 

Pretty simple, right? 

Side note: You can find the beautiful glass match cloche that I used in some of the photos HERE. It’s a really beautiful and functional decorative accessory. (It makes great gift too!)

homemade fire starters in a wood bowl by fireplace.
homemade fire starters in a wood bowl.

Season of Home Budget-Friendly Fall: 

Now, for additional frugal, foraged, and festive fall ideas, check out all of the links below. I know you’re going to find inspiration in what these talented bloggers have created.

Seasons of Home Budget-Friendly Fall Decor Ideas
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DIY Fall Wheat Candle Tutorial by Ella Claire & Co. | Six Fall Ideas by City Farmhouse | DIY Cinnamon and Cloves Pinecones by Handmade Farmhouse | Homemade Fire Starters by Inspired by Charm 

Seasons of Home Budget-Friendly Fall Decor Ideas

Forged Autumn Floral Arrangement by French Country Cottage | DIY Dried Flowers Fall Wreath by Dear Lillie | Budget Friendly Fall Decor Ideas by Craftberry Bush | | Foraged and Budget Friendly Fall Decor by Zevy Joy


Make, Use, Share! 

That’s a wrap on these homemade fire starters. I couldn’t be more pleased with how they turned out. I hope you’ll give them a try! 

Happy crafting my friend! 

homemade fire starter with matches.

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Homemade Fire Starters

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Skill: Handmade Gift, Home Decor Craft
Products: 12 fire starters
Prep Time 10 minutes
Craft Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Made with beeswax and natural elements, these homemade fire starters are a beautiful and simple way to get your fire started. They also make a thoughtful homemade gift and decorative accent for your home.

Materials

  • 5-6 cups beeswax pellets
  • 12 candle wicks
  • 3-4 cups natural finds - dried flowers, mini pinecones, leaves, wood shaves, pine sprigs, etc.
  • 12 silicone cupcake baking cups
  • large baking tray

Instructions

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Place 12 silicone baking cups on a baking pan.
  • Fill each cup about 3/4ths of the way full with beeswax pellets. Place into the oven and heat until all the wax is melted.
  • Carefully remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a heatproof surface or cooling rack.
  • Work quickly. Start by adding a wick to each baking cup, then fill them with your natural finds. Be sure that each dried flower, pinecone, twig, etc. is partly submerged into the wax to hold it in place.
  • Leave at room temperature to set. Remove from the silicone baking cups and store them in a basket near your fireplace.
  • To use, place a fire starter at the bottom of a wood-burning fireplace. Stack logs on top of it. Light the wick and allow the fire starter to burn until the wood catches fire.

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  • Rebecca at

    Thanks for such a great and easy idea! I always have leftover candles and a friend gave me some beeswax sheets to make candles. I’m wondering if I could somehow use those to make these firestarters? Maybe cut them up into smaller pieces? I love how colorful yours turned out. Thanks again! Such a beautiful gift idea.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes, just use those in place of the beewax pellets. If you want them to melt faster, cut them up first before putting them into your molds.

      xo Michael

  • Laurie (Guzman) Love at

    I might need to make these as gifts for coworkers for Christmas 🙂 LOVE!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much!!

      xo Michael

  • jen at

    These are amazing! What a clever and beautiful idea. Thank you for another winner, Michael!

  • Sara at

    These are amazing! What a clever and beautiful idea. Thank you for another winner, Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Sara! You’re too kind!

      xo Michael

  • Nicole at

    What about for a firepit? I don’t have a fireplace, but I have a firepit. Maybe on a larger scale? Like in a small bowl or coffee mug lined with parchment?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I think this size would work great! You just need a flame to get things started. Place it down and add some kindling / smaller twigs around it and you should be good to go! I think a larger one would be overkill and just create a mess.

      xo Michael

  • Kyle at

    These are BEAUTIFUL and clever! Thank you for such a terrific idea.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Thank you so much Kyle!

      xo Michael

  • Krista at

    I love this, they are gorgeous, but 2 questions…
    Does it really start a fire with one little flame? And, doesn’t it get melted wax on the bottom
    of your fireplace??

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes, one little flame can certainly start a fire. Also some of the dry ingredient you add into the wax will catch fire too. If you’re going to use them indoors, I place mine in a cast iron skillet and light it in there. Eventually the fire will burn up all the wax. (I plan to add pictures of that process. It’s just too warm here to use my fireplace at the moment.)

      Hope that helps!

      xo Michael

  • Debra at

    Stunning and easy enough for me to make! Thank you for a creative gift idea.

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