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Fire Starters DIY




Dried Oranges



Equipment needed

Paraffin wax


wax pot

cupcake liners

cupcake pans

candle wicks

baking sheet

parchment paper


  • Place parchment paper on the baking sheets. Putting the cupcake pans onto. This will contain any spills that may happen. Place cupcake liners in the pan. You may double up on the liners. Some brands soak up the wax and they stick to the pans.

  • Put a pan with some water in the bottom on the stove and allow the water to simmer.

  • Lay out your cupcake cases.

  • Place a spoonful of sawdust or wood chipping into each case.

  • Pour melted wax over the sawdust and leave to set.

  • If you don’t have wax lying around then you can buy some paraffin wax at your local hardware store, or pick up some cheap candles at a charity/thrift store.

Melting the Wax:

  • Place some wax inside a tin can or some other vessel that you don’t mind getting a bit wrecked. I use the old wax from candles that have burnt down.

  • Heat up a large pan of water and place the tin can inside the pan.

  • Keep heating the water until the wax has melted and then use/pour the wax immediately.

  • Sometimes the tin can may start to float. If this happens then use some tongs to hold it in place and prevent it from tipping over.

  • Take care when removing the tin from the pan of water. These will be very hot.

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