These are great little gift kits you can cheaply make for friends who have fireplaces! They not only help start the fire they fill the home with a wonderful aroma. There are a variety of ways to make them but I went the quick and easy way and used dry sticks and a few drops of essential oils wrapped in newspaper and tied with twine. I then put them in a paper bag with some ribbon and tied on a tag with a small decorated box of matches.
Make sure you grab the free download which has the printables for the tag and matchbox covers. Though I used paper lunch bags for mine you could also use a basket for a more upscale version.
- Very Dry Sticks
- Essential Oil Scent of Choice
- Paper Lunch Bag
- Small match boxes
- Downloaded matchbox printable below.
- Downloaded labels.
- String for twine for tying bundles
- Hole Punch
Dried Aromatic Items: Rosemary, bay leaves, dried apple or orange peel, cloves
Labels and Matchbox Covers pdf
Gather your supplies and whatever you’d like to fill your firestarters. Common items are twigs, tiny dry pine cones and aromatic herbs or dried apple and orange peel. You can buy herbs in the produce section of some stores. Rosemary does not have to be dried out to use and give off an aroma. You can also wrap them in a variety of ways. Just plain dry sticks work great however and almost everyone has access to those!
This is how I made mine. I used only dry sticks and put a few drops of a Christmas essential oil on them before wrapping. Any nice scent works wonderful though!
I wrapped mine fully on a double page of newspaper folded once. Make sure your sticks are broken or cut to the size that leaves a couple inches on each end.
Roll up tightly.
Tie each end with twine or string. I had some green twine which is why I used it. Brown wrapping twine would have been my next choice.
Print and cut out the matchbox cover of choice. Glue onto the front of the box then punch a small hole in one end for tying onto your kit.
Print out the tags. I layered mine on colored cardstock for a nicer look.
I put my fire starters in a paper lunch sack with the top rolled down. Tie on your tag and matches, stick a bow on it and your set!