They’re compact, they burn up to 15 minutes, and best of all – you can likely make them from items already in your home!

What You Need:

– Egg Carton

– Dryer Lint

– Dental Floss

– Candle Ends

– Scissors

– Disposable Jar or Tin Can

– Medium Pot


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1. Cut apart individual sections of the egg carton.

2. Stuff carton sections with lint.

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3. Fold tops down over the lint, tie securely shut with dental floss.

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4. Place candle bits in the jar, then put the jar in a pot with a few inches of water.

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5. Bring water to a boil.

6. Once the wax is completely melted, turn off the burner.

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7. Using the remaining length of floss (and possible an additional utensil), dip each fire starter into the wax until it is fully submerged.

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8. Place fire starters on a piece of waxed paper to dry for two hours.

9. Store in a cool, dry place.

Happy camping!

 *Tip: Allow leftover wax to harden in jar and keep for future use.

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