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This season is all about enjoying time together, making memories and sharing gifts with those who matter most. Gifting can be personal and should always be thoughtful. As a family, we've shifted from mindless 'stuff' and moved toward gifts that are specific to the recipient and purposeful. Earlier this month, we tested out a DIY gift that checks all the boxes for us, and we're excited to share the details below.

It's no secret we're outdoor loving folk. We look for any excuse to enjoy time around a campfire and enjoy the great outdoors. When looking for a simple, fun and creative DIY craft to complete, DIY fire starters proved to be the perfect fit! This project is so simple and surprisingly produces very little mess. We've had a great time making these fire starters and gifting them to other outdoor loving peeps. We hope you'll find it fun and simple too!

Supplies You'll Need

- Spool of cotton wick string

- Paper muffin liners

- Muffin pan

- Favorite essential oil scents

- Soy wax flakes (we chose a natural color, but there are a variety of colors to choose from)

- Spices/herbs like cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, rosemary, acorn tops, tiny pinecones, cloves


1.) Line muffin tin with paper muffin liners. Fill each one with your desired spices/herbs, pinecones, small cinnamon sticks, etc. Situate cotton wick string in the center of each liner. *we placed wax paper down on our counter to help with any potential spills prior to pouring our fire starter candles)

2.) Next, in a microwave safe container, melt soy wax flakes in 30 second intervals until wax flakes are completely liquid. Mix in your favorite essential oils for added fragrance, we used rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus scents for ours. Carefully pour an even amount of melted wax in each liner. Allow them to cool completely.

3.) Once the candles have set, remove them from the muffin tin. You may also remove the muffin papers and trim the cotton wick. Store fire starters in an air tight container until you're ready to use them.

4.) When you're ready to use a fire starter candle, simply place one in the bottom between the logs and light the wick.

*CAUTION: These fire starter candles are for traditional fireplaces or outdoor campfires. They are not for wood-burning stoves or gas fireplaces. Always exercise safety precautions when using fire starters.

That's it. Totally easy, right? Once we were ready to share these tiny crafty treats, we grabbed bags with little peek in windows and some bakers twine to add the finishing touches to this homemade gift. These fire starters are fun to use and fun to share.

Happy Camping, From Your Friends at The Green Canteen Company

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