Thursday, December 1, 2011

Day 6- The Gift of Warmth

With the days getting colder and the nights growing longer, there is nothing like curling up next to a warm fire...except maybe giving a warm fire as a gift! We saw this idea for making Homemade Fire Starters, and thought that they would make a perfect homemade gift this season! All you (or the lucky person you give these to) have to do is light one end of your firestarter, place in your fireplace, and put a little kindling on top!

What You Need:

  • Cardboard Toilet Paper Tubes

  • Dryer Lint

  • Newspaper (optional)

  • Brown Paper

  • Cotton String
This is such an easy project! Simply stuff your cardboard tubes with the dryer lint. If you don't have enough lint, you can top it off with newspaper.

This is a fun step for the kids to help with!

Once it is stuffed, roll the brown paper around your tube and tie the ends with the string.

Now you're firestarter is ready for your fire pit or fire place! Or make a few, put them in a basket with some marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate and you have a fun S'mores kit to give as a gift! Or keep some for yourself, curl up with a cup of Homemade Hot Cocoa and enjoy a warm fire on a cold night! Enjoy!
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  1. There is another way to do it, that does a better job of lighting a log on fire. uses left over candle wax, lint or saw dust, and paper muffin wrappers (or just paper). In a sausepan or double boiler, slowly melt the wax, put the muffin papers in your muffin pan, add sawdust or drier lint (pack it in there), poor melted wax into each cup, about 3/4 full. Let cool. To light, just light the paper. The wax will keep the burn slow, while the lint and paper will keep it burning hot. Will burn for about half an hour, smell great, and will get that log burning good.

  2. I really like this idea. Good job. They make cute gifts and will get the job done. I have a bucket full of old candles and I save all of the cardboard rolls at my house. I think that will be my next project. Thank you.

  3. I also use cardboard egg cartons, stuff with newspaper and pour melted wax over them. Tear or cut as many sections as you want. And if you add a scent (I use cinnamon) to the wax it smells good, too. Works great!!

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  5. I am going to make some of these for the 4th- a great fun idea!!!

  6. Another one is pencil shavings or of course sawdust with the wax of old candles in school milk cartons. RECYCLE.