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DIY Fire Starter Logs

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Have trouble getting a campfire to stay lit? Try a homemade Fire Starter Log for a one-match fire each time.

a fire getting started with a fire starter log

Have you ever wondered how to make fire starters? We have been creating our own for years using lint and cardboard egg cartons for years.

We have tried them with and without wax and even created these scented fire starters. Those work, but I have found more success with these fire starter logs.

These logs are particularly helpful with getting a fire to stay lit when it is damp out, which is most of the time here in the Midwest. Our kids enjoy making pinecone fire starters.

After getting the fire started, keep warm sitting around it with homemade fire reflectors.

How to Make Fire Starter Logs

You likely have all the supplies for this homemade fire starters project on hand at home. If you are like us and do not keep candles on hand, just pick some up at a dollar store. Scroll down to see how we made these.

a pile of fire starters made with toilet paper rolls

It is amazing how these fire starters help get a campfire going so quickly.

We just light the edge of the cardboard and let the log do the rest of the work.

close up a campfire started with a fire starter

We have been foolish and tried to start a few fires without these starters and were unable to get the flame going. Our lesson has been learned, so we do not build a fire without one anymore.

These DIY fire starter logs are fun and cost hardly anything to make. Everyone should have empty toilet paper rolls and dryer lint on hand.

We like to add potpourri to our campfire starters. This gives off a good scent and sometimes an interesting flame color. We pick up the scented candles and potpourri at Dollar Tree.

No need to spend money on commercial fire starters when you can follow this easy tutorial. Yes, that is Diana’s hair in the lint.

collage of fire starter logs

What is your favorite way to start a fire? Check out the mod we did to our favorite campfire log grabber tool.

Yield: 12 logs

DIY Fire Starter Logs

Make Your Own Fire Starter Logs - Have trouble getting a campfire to stay lit? Make your own fire starter logs for a one match fire each time. These are cheap and easy to make with supplies you probably already have on hand.

Light a fire with one match each time with these homemade fire starters.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $0


  • 12 Cardboard tubes
  • Dryer Lint
  • optional: Potpourri
  • Cookie Tin
  • Candles
  • Empty can
  • Pan with water


  • potholder


  1. Create a double boiler by placing the empty can in the pan with water. Make sure the can is clean and dry.
  2. Place the candle into the can.
  3. Heat the water to melt the candle wax.
  4. Stand the cardboard tubes up on end in the cookie tin. If you want to keep wax from sticking to the tin, line it with wax paper.
  5. Stuff some lint into each tube. I like to leave a little gap at the bottom of the tube. That gap provides a little lip of cardboard to catch the flame from the match.
  6. Stuff potpourri into each tube.
  7. Stuff more lint on top of the potpourri, leaving a gap at the top of the tube.
  8. Carefully pour the melted candle wax into each tube.
  9. Let the wax harden.
  10. Remove the tubes from the tin.
  11. Use one fire starter log to start a campfire.


Create larger logs by using paper towel roll tubes or cut down the cardboard from a roll of wrapping paper.

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Saturday 6th of March 2021

Great idea. Thank you for sharing! I’m going to make a batch and hopefully use them soon!


Thursday 16th of July 2020

Great blog! Thanks so much for sharing. Just wondering- how much wax goes into each tube?

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Thursday 16th of July 2020

It doesn't take a lot. We just pour a little in.


Tuesday 14th of April 2020

My 11 year old daughter and I make these all the time. I have cleaned out alot of old candles and I even had friends give us old candles they were planning to throw out. And one day my husband and I stumbled across a second hand store that had 2 huge plastic totes full of candle melts so we are set for a long while. We have experimented with different fillers and shredded paper and lint are by far the best. We have tried wood pellets and wood shavings but they seem to have alot of moisture in them.

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Wednesday 15th of April 2020

Shredded paper is a good idea too!

Holly H

Thursday 5th of December 2019

I own a boarding kennel, so I tried this using the dryer lint from the kennel. I have to tell you, if there is too much hair in the lint, it doesn't burn well. Did not have the potpourri in them and that might have helped.

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Saturday 7th of December 2019

Bummer! We only had a tiny bit of Diana's hair in our lint so we didn't have an issue. Try the potpourri and possibly shredded paper.


Friday 1st of March 2019

I will try using old wax that has lost it's scent already melted in my scent pot. Make one or two at a time instead of tossing the wax,


Sunday 7th of June 2020

Omg what a great idea I normally just toss the wax that looses its scent. I will do this for now on.


Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Good idea!

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