HomeDIY CraftMake These Simple and Inexpensive Wax Camping Fire Starters

Make These Simple and Inexpensive Wax Camping Fire Starters

Forget a perfectly stacked log cabin and blowing helplessly on your little flame. Spend time enjoying your summer nights, don’t get frustrated trying to light a fire. These camping fire starters are one of the easiest ways to light a fire, whether in the woods or in your backyard.

best campfire starter

Apart from being in the garden, in summer you will also find me in the forest. And like gardening, I didn’t grow up as a camper.

It was always something I wanted to try, and when I first saw my pop top camper van, I fell in love at first sight. I knew this would be the perfect little house on wheels for the kiddo and me. you can see it here my camping blog,

One of our favorite parts of camping is nights spent around the campfire under the stars. While I have a propane fire that I use often for ease of use, you can’t deny the magic that comes from the crackling of wood and the smell of a real campfire.

Starting a campfire can take some finesse (are you Team Teepee or Log Cabin?), and sometimes, no matter how much newspaper and kindling you have, the fire just won’t catch.

This is why I like to use wax fire starters. They are more reliable and easier to use! Even better, you don’t need to hunt down several pounds of sawdust or witch’s hair lichen to make them.

Here’s how to make a fire starter for camping or use in your backyard!

Campfire starter made from dried flowers
Dried flowers are an easy way to decorate your wax fire starters and are perfect for summer.

Homemade Camping Fire Starters

These camping fire starters are quite simple to make, especially if you’ve made candles before! Although they may be simple and plain, I love turning these campfire starters into a little craft project. Because who doesn’t like beautiful things?



camping fire starter supplies
Get creative with all the different decor items you add. Just make sure they’re fire-safe!

melt the wax

When making these wax fire starters, I use standard soy wax. I use this for most of my candle making projects. Soy burns much cleaner and produces less soot. They are also quite affordable compared to wax.

That being said, you can use almost any wax for this project. feel free to Use leftover wax from old candles To give them a second life.

Melt your wax in a large pot over low heat. If necessary, break your wax into smaller pieces beforehand to help it melt faster.

You can also add a few drops of food color If you want the wax to be a specific color, melt the wax completely. I also added an old crayon to change the color.

you can also add fragrance oil For a delicious smelling campfire! The right scent, such as citronella, can also repel mosquitoes.

Melt the soy wax flakes in a pot
Melt over low heat and stir frequently so your wax doesn’t catch fire.

Prepare your liner

Line up your paper muffin liners in the muffin tin as if you were going to make a batch of cupcakes. This is the easiest way to make a shape for your DIY campfire starter.

Next, insert your cotton wick. You can also use metal wick tabs as well as candle glue dots to keep your wick in place. Just know that the metal tab will not burnAnd when you’re cleaning your fire you have to remove the ashes from it.

If you are okay with a wick that is a bit loose instead of straight, then iIt’s easiest to leave off the metal wick tab altogether.

Paper Muffin Liners with Wicks in Wax-Ready Tabs
They will also help keep your lights upright once you’ve added your decorative elements.

pour your wax

Pour your wax directly into the liners, fill them the way is 2/3 full, To make this step a little easier, you can pour directly from the pot or use a ladle or small pot with a spout.

Pouring Wax into Paper Muffin Liners
Don’t worry about knowing exactly how much you will put into each pot.

Add your decorative elements

These wax fires can be as simple as straight wax. But where’s the fun in that? In my summer themed camping fire starters, I used dried flowers like hops, calendula, roses and lavender to make them really beautiful.

But here are some more ideas of what you can add:

  • Pine cones
  • cinnamon sticks
  • fresh pine
  • fresh herbs like rosemary
  • star anise
  • dried lichen or moss
  • Bay leaf
  • Recycled paper pieces such as books or sheet music
Adjusting Wicks in Wax Wire Starters
Don’t put your decorations completely inside. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see them.

Let camping fire starters cool down

Once you are satisfied with all of your decorative elements, allow your wax fire starters to cool completely before removing them from the muffin tin.

And then they are ready to use! Simply light the wick to ignite your camping fire starter.

Finished camping fire starter waiting for the wax to cool
DIY Campfire Starter
These are my more winter or fall-themed wax fire starters.

Make these wax fire starters as gifts!

I make these wax fire starters year round. Although they are perfect for camping, you can also use them for backyard fires in the summer.

They also work wonderfully indoors during the winter. They are beautiful enough to be displayed in a pile on or near a fire. For a winter version, you can add different things, like pinecones or cinnamon sticks.

wax fire starter is one Amazing hostess gift. If you know someone who has a wood-burning stove or fireplace at home, this could be a unique handmade gift for the winter season.

wax fire starter
Camping Fire Starter with Pinecones and Moss

I think these are the best campfire starters because they are easy to use and make. And their ingredients don’t cost much at all! Let me know in the comments below if you use these for a summer night under the stars.

More Fun Crafty Projects to Try

Wax Camping Fire Starters

Use these simple and inexpensive camping fire starters to easily light a campfire in the woods or in your backyard.

  • Melt the wax in a large pot over low heat. If necessary, break the wax into smaller pieces beforehand to reduce melting time.

  • Add food coloring or crayons to color the wax, if desired.

  • Line muffin tin with muffin liners. Add cotton wick, using wick tabs and glue points if necessary. These help hold the wick in place, although the wick tab will not burn.

  • Pour melted wax into the liners until they are about 2/3 full.

  • Add decorative elements, allowing the tops of the decorations to stick to the wax. Adjust the location of the wick if necessary.

  • Let the wax cool completely. Light the wick to use your fire starter!


Leave a Reply

Most Popular

Recent Comments