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.
How to Make Herb and Spice Fire Starters
- Jute twine
- Herbs, spices, and citrus of choice
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.
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!
Place your herbs, spices, and peels in the center of a sheet of newspaper, in a row about 4-6″ long.
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.
Use a few pieces of jute twine, and you’re done!
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!