Introduction: How to Make Mini Straw Fire Starters (easy)

Picture of How to Make Mini Straw Fire Starters (easy)

Awesome little WATERPROOF fire starter ready to Go!
Can be used for camping or survival kit (made a survival kit with straw fire starters in it check it out)

Step 1: What You Will Need

Picture of What You Will Need

-Pointy stick has to fit inside straw
-Cotton rounds
-lighter or match

Step 2: Step 1

Picture of Step 1

Cut the straw with scissors about an inch apart

Step 3: Step 2

Picture of Step 2

Take and one inch straw you cut and hold it with the Pliers about 0.5 mm from the end.

Step 4: Step 3

Picture of Step 3

Now light the lighter or matches and fuse the straw shut

Step 5: Step 4

Picture of Step 4

Now stuff the straw with as much cotton as you can fit but leave some room in the straw to seal it later

Step 6: Step 5

Picture of Step 5

Final Step: Hold the straw again about 0.5 mm from end and seal it up

Step 7: Cut and Light

Picture of Cut and Light

When you want to use it just cut it and light it Spread the cotton it light it easier
Your Done!!
 Have fun and be safe!!


Kona-chan (author)2013-05-29

i think it's better to use bigger straws, and some hay in it,
and, maybe you can make a smale rope in it, so you light it and then it burns , a better idea when you don't have a knife with you

BarbieQ (author)Kona-chan2018-01-13

Great idea!

GoldenBeaconG (author)2016-04-20

awesome and SUPER simple, you can waste 2 dollars and make more than 50! True survival!

thunderchris76 made it! (author)2015-04-13

Very good idea

provision made it! (author)2015-02-12

Used your instructable to make these with my scouts and varsities the other night. Lit them with flint/steel striker after removing from the straw and fluffing them back up a little. Lit right up and burned for 3-5 minutes total. Good strong flame for 2-3 minutes. If you have a lighter, you can actually just light the straw itself and it will burn just fine. Love the water-proof nature of these.

We made them to include in our survival hiking staves we are making as a troop. Perfect size for it! Thanks!

_ville01_ (author)2014-09-25

put inside of it alcohol then you dont need open it to light it and it burns better

_ville01_ (author)_ville01_2014-09-25

in pic you can see mini oreos :D

cacj131 (author)2014-09-16

Put petroleum jelly on the cotton balls, it makes it better, WAYYYY better :)

Green X (author)2014-05-12

cool I could use this

Pichu47 (author)2012-04-21

Couldn't slathering them in petroleum jelly or hand sanitizer or something else flammable possibly make it light better?

dim20 (author)Pichu472012-06-10

you can wet the cotton with some 90' alcohol

Grazerquart (author)dim202012-09-01

you have to be careful if you do so it does not burst into flames in your hand

dim20 (author)Grazerquart2012-09-03

im using pliers instead of hands ;)

Grazerquart (author)dim202014-04-07

just dont let it drip on your hands or down the pliers

Southpaw69 (author)Pichu472014-01-26

Yeah, I was going to post this.

Add some vaseline (petrol jelly) to make the cotton extra flammable.

Incidentally, this 'ible is a good way to make lots of 'single serving' portable waterproof items, like salt & pepper, small pills, even liquids, like alcohol, oil, etc.

XdruidX (author)2014-02-04

40g sugar 60g Salt peter caramelized and fill a whole straw, see how that lights a fire

mwumichael (author)XdruidX2014-03-14

That would make a lot of smoke, but for a small fire it should be ok,
What you listed is the recipe for a common smoke bomb, You don't want that, and plus 100g of the stuff would needs a lot of straws to fill, but good idea, for a camping situation or survival you want to keep you profile small, and not incapacitate yourself by creating all the smoke within a small area.

survival dude 67 (author)2014-02-14

another thing that you could do is melt the ends of the straw like you do making the fire starters. fill the straws with neosporin or burn cream and put them in a fist aid kit

loony1 (author)2013-09-07

This is an awesome idea! Where is the VOTE button on this one...

Thumbs up man!

ToXiCATOM (author)2013-05-11

Man! Its COOL!I like you.

x burn (author)2013-04-23

add some alcohol to cotton ...

dasimpson1981 (author)2013-03-31

mix some Thermite and put that in end of the world no need to lock pick lol shove a straw in light and wait

bcavaciuti (author)2013-03-29

great idea these are brilliant little survival packages, next project: a straw survival kitwith all the things you need in waterproof straws. maybe you could soak a small portion of the wool in wax or another highly combustible substance(eg dissolved match heads, petrol) then its easier to light and will burn longer with the same amount of wool

BudgetBugout (author)2013-03-09

Great idea! Fav!

sylar (author)2013-02-26

vous pouvais également isoler des allumette avec un grattoir dedans pour avoir de quoi allumer le tout seller il ne prendra pas l'humidité .

hikerdude16 (author)2013-01-07

Great idea! I already made some but I used dryer lint because it was what I had. It works great! I also used a full straw and not just a piece, I just used a nail to compress it down. Thanks again!

BalkanSpirit (author)2012-08-25

Once again, 5! I made this more than half a year ago, I think when it came out. They work great and I put them in my STR8 survival kit aswell! :D

SNACKS (author)2012-04-10

This straw thing is a good Idea I make them with Neosporin in them for a small one time use "cut first aid" - I even put honey in some for fast energy / they hold up nice even in a wallet is a fun little Idea and a must for any Small first aid / survival kit.... Thanks

TXSabrina (author)SNACKS2012-08-19

Honey is also a good topical antiseptic. Small cuts and "road rash", etc.

Schmidty16 (author)2012-08-09

coild u put pills in them or penut butter or even make a longer 1 and put some edible wheat grans in them very good instructable

There called wheat berries, not grans.

ok and what i meant to say was wheat grains

MicahelRoss (author)Schmidty162012-08-12


Schmidty16 (author)MicahelRoss2012-08-12


kelly. (author)2012-07-26

does this last very long?

MicahelRoss (author)kelly.2012-07-27

Burn time is pretty short but enough to get a fire started.

ProjectsWordYo (author)2012-07-22

Thanks you i have made about 50 so far =)

MadScienceJames (author)2012-06-28

Preparing to go live hermit style in the wilderness for a while. (A.K.A moving out of the parents' place and can't pay rent) and I just made a ziplock bag full of these. Thanks a lot!

BLUEBLOBS2 (author)2012-05-12

This is definitely going in my survival kit!

Mr.1911 (author)2012-04-17

I just made some and LOVE them. I can't wait to see how they work. Great idea!

MicahelRoss (author)Mr.19112012-04-17

thanks for the comment

Mr.1911 (author)MicahelRoss2012-04-18

You're quite welcome. To test them, I have one sitting in a glass of water. Not only is it waterproof, it floats. These will make a great edition to my camping gear and survival kit.

hhornburg (author)2012-04-17

This is a fantastic idea.
Thank you!

MicahelRoss (author)hhornburg2012-04-17

Thanks hope this helped

Oroka (author)2012-04-17

Yes, but in a survival situation, every single little advantage can aid in your survival. Something as small and simple as this could really help.

Now, looking at this, I thought how this could go to the next level. First, include a trimmed down strike anywhere match in every one. Also, maybe include some powdered wax inside with the cotton (or maybe a mix of dryer lint and sawdust).

It is one thing to go out camping to show your survival prowess, but when you pull your bashed self out of a river after losing all your gear to said river, and all you got is what was in your pockets... this little fire starter will be a huge help.

turkeydance (author)2012-04-09

how about dryer lint for the insides?
of course, ours would smell like
dog hair when burning.

Dan93 (author)2012-03-15

These are quite clever, I like the idea.

Have you considered though, that a tampon would probably serve just as well? I would imagine the wrapper is waterproof or at least splash proof and it contains a fair amount of cotton wool once you spread it out.

jguffin1 (author)Dan932012-03-29

Speaking as a woman that uses tampons and carries them around in my purse, I would like to say that I have not found any that are actually "waterproof." If you leave them exposed to any kind of elements, as I imagine would happen in a camping/survival situation, you will find they are not indestructible. I would also caution against burning them, because I know they contain chemical agents that help the cotton to be more absorbent. It can't be good to breathe that stuff when it is enfuego.

bartomccoy (author)Dan932012-03-16

Speaking for the guys at least, this is one of those great ideas that few guys will ever go for--- even if it could save their life!! :) :)

LobosSolos (author)Dan932012-03-15

They also work as field expedient bandages for puncture wounds such as gunshots (first that I heard of them being used for bandages was in connection with seal teams). Sanitary pads will work as bandages for surface wounds.

About This Instructable




Bio: I like to make compact and useful things
More by MicahelRoss:Kit de supervivencia en envase de píldorasAltoids Fire Kit*New* Altoids Pocket Survival Kit
Add instructable to: