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How To Make Your Own Holiday-Scented Fire Starters


I love the scents of the season! Spices, herbs, citrus, evergreens, cranberries… they mix and mingle to create the cosy and comforting aroma of the holidays. I’ve done a post or two in the past on how to recreate that scent in your home, but today’s idea is a bit different.   Read More: My Favorite Simmering Potpourri Recipes

This is another way to capture the scents of the holiday season, but it’s not just another potpourri idea. These little newspaper bundles are actually scented fire starters! Light one of these little guys, and in no time you’ll be enjoying a fire in your stove or fireplace that will make your whole home smell like the holidays.

These would make an easy and heartfelt homemade gift for anyone in your life who has a stove or fireplace at home!

Here’s how you can make your own.

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters

How to Make Herb and Spice Fire Starters

You’ll need:

  • Newspaper
  • Jute twine
  • Herbs, spices, and citrus of choice

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters


Start by drying anything that you’ll include in your fire starters that isn’t already dried. We used cloves, cinnamon sticks, and orange peels, so we used our oven to quickly dry out the orange peels.

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters

To dry orange peels, arrange them on a baking sheet with plenty of space in between for airflow. Place the baking sheet in a 200 degree oven, and use a wooden spoon to prop the oven door open. Turn the oven OFF, and leave the orange peels to dry for about 10-15 minutes. (This method works well for fresh herbs, too!)

Once everything has been dried, you’re ready to assemble your fire starters!

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters

Place your herbs, spices, and peels in the center of a sheet of newspaper, in a row about 4-6″ long.

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters

Now roll the newspaper up like a burrito! There’s no wrong way to do it, really. You just want to make sure that nothing can fall out of the newspaper.

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters

Use a few pieces of jute twine, and you’re done!

DIY Herb and Spice Fire Starters

Using Your Fire Starters

When you’re ready to start a fire, stack up a few logs and place your fire starter in the center, or at the bottom. Light one end of the fire starter, and in a few minutes, you’ll be enjoying a toasty and delicious-smelling fire!

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  • Can you tell me how other papers might work? Have you used thicker paper like paper bags? Does the smell last for long when burned in a fireplace? Thank you.

  • A few of these fire starters, along with a box of long long matches would be a great little gift for those with a fireplace.

    I have everything except the newspaper- I’ll have to see if my next-door neighbor has some to give .

  • Just looked at your piece on making holiday scents in the crock pot and noticed one of the ingredients is vanilla extract. I use essential oils a lot in my cleaning and would love to purchase vanilla essential oil but it is quite expensive. Is there any reason why I can’t use vanilla extract for scent while cleaning?

  • Great idea & I bet they smell great, but if you are asthmatic – or plan to gift to someone that is – you need to know if they are spice sensitive. I can eat spices with no problem. Spice candles of any kind send me into a full blown asthma attack. Those cinnamon brooms & pine cones that are all over the stores right now do the same thing. The worst one I’ve had is at Kroger where they make a display for the cinnamon brooms & pine cones in the entryway between the outer door & inner door. Even though the doors are constantly opening it still concentrates the smell in the sides where the doors aren’t at. If I forget to hold my breath to get through there the inhaler is coming out of my purse. Just a thought to consider. I’d be in trouble if I burned cinnamon sticks in my fireplace.

  • Thank You Jillee and Leigh Kenney for these great ideas
    perfect stocking fillers for my BIL who has an open fire.
    Bought him a ton of logs for his Birthday Dec 3rd so these
    will be perfect for Christmas.

  • I make mine in egg cartons with dryer fluff, dried scented (eucalyptus) leaves, herbs, spices, fruit peel and candle wax poured on to hold everything together. I then break apart the sections of the carton. Uses up lint, cartons, ends of candles and whatever!

  • I am so enjoying your site and tips! I’m going to attempt to make your shower fizzy things and have already bought all the ingredients. Would you mind if I talk about your site and where i got the idea from?

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