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Recycling Crafts: Egg carton fire starters

Updated on January 4, 2014

Fun to make, easy to use

Homemade fire starters are an excellent way to recycle! There are a number of ways to make them. In this tutorial, you will be learning about egg carton fire starters.

Once complete, you can use them for bonfires, camping, or to give as gifts to others who enjoy a nice fire. They are so easy to make and the cost can't be beat because they are free! You already have everything you need in your home.

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Ingredients & Supplies:

Ingredients:

  • drier lint
  • broken crayons (or old candles)
  • egg carton
  • water

Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Empty tin can (large soup or spaghetti sauce size)
  • cooking pot
  • old chopstick or stick from your yard
  • oven mitts or pot holders
  • stove (range)

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Step 1:

Peal your broken crayon bits and discard the paper coverings.

If you are using old candles, break them up into pieces.

Place your crayons (and or candle bits) into the tin can.

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Step 2:

Put your tin can into your cooking pot and fill with water.

*Be sure that your can is resting on the bottom of the pot, not floating around.

Turn on the burner and bring water to a boil.

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Step 3:

Stir your melting wax with the old chopstick or stick from your yard. Allow the wax to melt until there are no more chunks remaining.

Turn off the burner once complete.

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Step 4:

Fill your egg carton compartments with lint. This can be done while you are doing steps 2 & 3.

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Step 5:

Using your hot pads or oven mitts, pour the hot wax over the compartments of the egg container.

What it looks like after pouring the wax over all of the compartments.
What it looks like after pouring the wax over all of the compartments. | Source
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Step 6:

Now take your scissors and cut each egg carton compartment off.

You will have 12 to 18 individual fire starters depending on what size egg carton you started with.

You've done it!

Wasn't that easy!

To use, simply light the edge of the fire started with a match or lighter. Each egg carton compartment will leave raised edges for easy lighting access.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. For another method, check out:

How to make your own fire starters.

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      Mom Kat 5 years ago from USA

      it is :) our family loves to start our bonfires this way.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      This looks a lot easier than trying to light kindling wood surrounded by newspaper. Thanks for the suggestion.

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