DIY Herb Fire Starters for a Fragrant Fall

Chilly mornings and crisp evenings are upon us at this time of year, and you know what that means: its fire time! Backyard bonfires, warming your feet close to the woodstove—what’s not to love? Why not spice things up a bit (no pun intended) with some natural herb fire starters to add fresh fragrance to the autumn air?

These DIY herb fire starters can be used indoors and outdoors. Place them in your fire pit or chimenea in your backyard on a cold fall night, or add them to the flames of your next campfire to enjoy the soothing smells of fragrant nature. Bring a bit more holiday cheer to your Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings by making a few of these easy bundles beforehand and dropping them into the fire as you greet guests.

These easy herb bundles take five minutes or less to make, and can be used instantly, stored away for your next fire, or given as gifts! They are simple to make, using just a few things that are probably laying around your house:

Bundle herbs using one or more of the following:

Natural-fiber twine (hemp, cotton, jute, etc.)

Newspaper

Coffee filters

Construction paper (choose any color!)

Paper doilies

Toilet paper rolls

Cardboard egg cartons

Scissors

Dried herbs you can use:

Rosemary

Lavender

Oregano

Mint

Parsley

Basil

Lemon Verbena

Sage

Thyme

Bay Leaves

Echinacea

Artemisia

Yarrow

To add more fragrance, add:

Dried orange, apple, and lemon peels*

Cinnamon sticks

Cloves

Cedar

Pine

*To dry, place on a baking sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

 To keep the bugs away, add:

Fennel

Dill

Chives

Basil

Lemongrass

Mint

Parsley

Some herb medleys to try:

Rosemary and bay leaves

Dried apple, cinnamon sticks, and cloves

Lavender, lemon verbena, and mint

Sage and lavender

Assemble Your Fragrant Fire Starters

There is no one right way to make your herb fire starter, so get creative! Bundle them up with twine, roll them in a newspaper or toilet paper roll, cut up egg cartons into individual “pods” and add your own mixture of herbs to it, wrap a bundle for a gift using a lovely paper doily or natural twine with colored raffia for a bow…the possibilities are endless! The assembly takes a minute, and you will be glad you did this little DIY project when you’re ready to relax with a glass of wine or hot cocoa by the fire. You can also give the kids this fun little project for fall evenings when it starts getting dark earlier.

Light Your Fire and Enjoy!

Nestle your handmade herb fire starter underneath a pile of logs while building your fire, making sure that one end sticks out in order to light it. Once lit, a wonderful and light aroma of herbs will fill your house or fireside with the pleasant smells of nature. Nestle by your loved ones, relax, and enjoy!

Lavender white chocolate scone recipe

This delicious recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the perfect companion to that comfy, crackling fire:

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour

2 tbsps. granulated sugar

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 tbsps. unsalted butter (grated)

1 egg

3/4 cup buttermilk (plus a little extra for brushing)

1 tbsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

1/2-1 cup white chocolate chips

Lavender glaze ingredients:

1/3 cup milk

2 tbsps. butter

1 tbsp. dried lavender (use 2 teaspoons for a less intense flavor)

1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. After grating the butter (use a cheese grater), add it in and toss with the flour. Add the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla and mix until combined, avoiding overmixing. Fold in blackberries and white chocolate chips.
  3. On a floured surface, turn the dough and pat it into 1-inch-thick square. Cut the dough into 2-inch squares and place them 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush each square with buttermilk.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through. Let the scones cool slightly before drizzling with lavender glaze (see directions below).

Lavender Glaze

Place milk and butter in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook until the milk is steaming, but not boiling. Remove from heat and stir in lavender. Cover and steep five minutes. Strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer and discard the lavender. Stir in the powdered sugar, adding water if needed to thin the glaze. Drizzle the glaze over each scone. Serve the scones warm with butter.

Need Fresh Herbs for Your DIY Projects?

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Photo credits (top to bottom): Hearth and Vine,  Garden BettyInner Journey EventsTamara DunnHobby Farms, and Half Baked Harvest. Blog featured image: Hello Glow.
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