{DIY} The Cottage Firestarter

This weekend my cousin who is uber crafty came to visit from Sudbury. Friday night we roadtripped up to the cottage for a full weekend of family, DIY, photoshoots, and great eats.

Today, I am going to share with you the first of two DIY projects we did this weekend. It's called "The Cottage Firestarter". I don't know about you, but sometimes starting a fire can be tricky - especially if you don't have kindling. Well, fear not fellow cottagers, these firestarters will be exactly what you need to always get that fire started!

This a great craft to do with the kids.

Enjoy! {Lu's Take}

Step 1: Hunt around your cottage or house for pine cones, bark, tree bits, & get the lint from your dryer!Step 2: Melt old or new candles over a fire (or oven).Step 3: Get a muffin tin, muffin liners, and utilize your material from your yard/cottage to fill each muffin spot up.

Step 4: Once the candle's have melted - pour the wax over each muffin spot to hold the contents togetherStep 5: Top off with your excess materials while the wax is still melted and hotStep 6: You can package them up as a gift to fellow cottagers or keep displayed nicely for your bonfires or wood stoveMaterials Needed:


  • Muffin Tin
  • Muffin Liners
  • Candles
  • Tin Pans or old pots to melt wax
  • Outdoor Material (pine cones, pine needles, lint, bark, etc.) 
  • Gloves (the wax can be hot)


 Once you have followed the steps above, next time you start a fire, start with one of these "the cottage firestarter" first and you will have a successful fire each and everytime!