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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.

Have you ever wondered how to make fire starters? I’ve been creating DIY fire starters using lint and cardboard egg cartons for years.

I’ve tried them with and without wax and even created these scented ones.

Those work, but I have found more success with these fire starter logs.

These are particularly helpful with getting a fire to stay lit when it’s damp out.

How to Make Fire Starter Logs

You likely have all the supplies for this homemade fire starters project on hand at home. I usually get my candles at Dollar Tree.

These little logs are so helpful with getting a fire started.

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

We’ve been foolish and tried to start a few fires without these since we made them.

We’ve learned our lesson and always use one.

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.

You can make them without the potpourri. I picked up the scented candles and potpourri at Dollar Tree.

No need to spend money on commercial fire starters. Yes, that is Diana’s hair stuck in the lint.

DIY Fire Starter Logs - Have trouble getting a campfire to stay lit? Homemade fire starters make for a one match fire each time. These are cheap and easy to make with supplies you probably already have on hand.

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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 with these fire starter logs.

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


  • 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 in the cookie tin.
  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 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.

Did you make this project?

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Thursday 16th of July 2020

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

Let's Camp S'more

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.

Let's Camp S'more

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.

Let's Camp S'more

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!


Monday 9th of July 2018

I love these! It's good to finally have a use for all that dryer lint I normally throw away!


Saturday 21st of July 2018

That is good you have a lot because you can really stuff it into the tubes for a longer lasting burn.