Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fire Starters

Fire Starters

What you need:
Lent (collected from the dryer... or your husbands belly button)
Paper (recycled paper grocery bags work great for this) or sawdust (which you could get for free at your local Home Depot)
Wax (you can find this at any local craft store, or use old candles)
Wax paper
An old pot, or empty tin can
Cardboard egg carton 

My parents have a great fire place, which I LOVE to snuggle in front of whenever I am over there. We have even turned on the A/C in order to have a fire going. It is very sad to me that they are some of the only people I know that still have a fire place that burns wood and isn't electric! Nothing beats sitting in front of the fire with a cup of coffee and hearing the wood pop, while the scent absorbing into your clothes. So I decided to make my dad fire starters because he uses them so frequently! These are also great for when you go camping! 

Take your egg carton and fill it first with your recycled paper or saw dust.

 Then stuff the egg carton full of lent. Put a few sheets of wax paper under the egg carton so wax doesn't leak out onto the surface it is sitting on.

Melt your wax in an old pot, or boil water and put an old can in the water with wax inside of it. Once all of the wax is melted, pour it into the egg carton until all of the lent is covered. It may sizzle when you pour it, but that is only because it is hot! 

Let it cool. It is hilarious watching people open the carton and try to figure out what it is! They catch fire great, and this is a cheap, easy, and useful gift for any man in your life.

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