Make Your Own Small Fire Pit

Happy Wednesday!

Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you really need a particular item, but you don’t want to fork over the money to buy it?

Happens to me all the time…like the broken headlight that I have been driving around with all Summer long…

…yes Dad, I know I need to get it fixed…but I also have my priorities 🙂

Lately, I have been ALL about s’mores.

S’more blizzards from DQ, s’more candles, s’more lip gloss…coming from someone that has never been much of a s’mores fan.

I don’t get it, but I’m also really enjoying it!

I decided it was time that I have a s’mores party…but I don’t have a fire pit.

And I’m certainly not going to spend my money on one…after all I need to fix my broken headlight, remember!?

While browsing Pinterest one evening I saw that people make their own fire pits…how smart are they!?

I knew it was time to jump on this bandwagon.

How To Turn a Flower Pot Into A Small Fire Pit

These small fire pits are super easy to make too!

How To Make a  Small Fire Pit

You will need a small flower pot, {I chose a ceramic flower pot, then spray painted it navy and added a white stripe} some river rocks, and a chafing fuel container.

How To Make a  Small Fire Pit

Instructions:

1. Fill the flower pot with the river rocks.

2. Even out the river rocks, so you have a flat surface.

3. Place the chafing fuel container on top of the river rocks. Make sure the chafing fuel container sets up a little higher than the flower pot.

4. Evenly place the rest of the river rocks around the chafing fuel container.

How To Make a  Small Fire Pit

Remove the chafing fuel lid…

… light the container {Don’t be fooled this thing gets HOT!}

… and volià!

You have your very own small fire pit…perfect for making s’mores!

How To Make a  Small Fire Pit

And you didn’t break the bank either, because this little guy costs less than $5 to make!

How To Make a Small Fire Pit

So you can spend the rest of your money on your broken headlight 🙂

Or I can anyways…

Who’s ready for some s’mores!?

Check out my S’mores Party here.

Have a good day!

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47 Comments on Make Your Own Small Fire Pit

  1. craftycoup
    July 23, 2014 at 8:08 am (2 years ago)

    What a cute idea!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      July 23, 2014 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you! Glad you liked it 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  2. Pat
    July 23, 2014 at 8:41 am (2 years ago)

    Very good Erin! Perfect for a small patio!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      July 23, 2014 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Pat! It works well for our patio 🙂

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  3. Renee
    July 23, 2014 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

    Such a cute idea! This is perfect for city living and small balconies. I always want a fire pit on summer night but have to settle for candles. Not anymore!!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      July 23, 2014 at 9:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Renee! You could even use a larger flower pot and put a few more chafing fuel containers in it to make a “bigger” fire pit 🙂

      Reply
  4. Audrey@That Recipe
    August 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Found this on SITS Girls. Great idea and so simple. I just need the chafing fuel to make it.

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    • theblueeyeddove
      August 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Audrey! Glad you liked it. I found my chafing fuel at Party City for less than $2. It has worked perfect! Have a nice weekend 🙂

      Reply
  5. My Creative Days
    August 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I need to try this! How much fun would this be at a party! Great idea

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    • theblueeyeddove
      August 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Lindsay! It was super easy to make and use. Actually, I have used it multiple times already. And it just might be one of my fav crafts. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
  6. Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney
    August 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm (2 years ago)

    What a cool idea!! I love making smores with the kids but hate a fire pit. What a perfect solution, AND it looks super cool in the process. I could see these set all around for a BBQ just for display!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      August 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Courtney! This worked out perfect, and is so much more practical for me than a fire pit 🙂 And it’s perfect to store because it doesn’t take up a lot room. Never thought I’d love a “fire pit” so much. Haha!

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  7. Katie Stahl
    August 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Great idea!! My husband was bound and determined to build a big firepit in our backyard, and guess what??? It’s been half finished for 2 months! I should just make one of these and call it good! So cute!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      August 26, 2014 at 8:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Katie! Haha, maybe he can still get that fire pit finished yet this summer… but half finished is better than nothing, right!? 🙂 Mine took 5 minutes (minus waiting for the paint to dry). Glad you like it!

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  8. Melissa @ A Prudent Life
    August 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Love it! We have a fire pit, but let’s be honest, it takes a commitment to build a fire and then baby sit it until it burns out. Some nights that doesn’t matter, but having a quick & easy alternative that still results in s’mores sounds perfect!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      August 26, 2014 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Melissa! You are right no one wants to sit and wait for a fire to burn out! This fire pit allows you to blow it out and move on with your day, or evening. I have been guilty of getting it out just to make a quick s’more for myself. The things I do for my sugar cravings 🙂

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  9. Applestar
    September 22, 2014 at 12:26 am (2 years ago)

    What a cool idea! I love fire pits , too. I saw a “fire basket” at Meijer , but I think I like this better. And it’s cost !!
    My only question is if it is safe to use this chemical flame on foods??

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    • theblueeyeddove
      September 22, 2014 at 6:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, glad you like it! Yes, from what I have read (and experienced) it is safe to use the chafing fuel with food. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
  10. Diane
    September 28, 2014 at 8:54 am (2 years ago)

    I am having a small get together to celebrate the fall. This will be great with several scattered sound. I will be serving Sangria from your website. You have so many wonderful ideas! Fantasic!

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    • theblueeyeddove
      September 28, 2014 at 8:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Diane! You are too sweet 🙂 This firepit is wonderful for small get togethers. It was so nice to have this Summer because it’s easy to get out and doesn’t require much of a set-up at all. I’m sure your guests will enjoy it too!

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  11. Kathy
    September 30, 2014 at 7:49 am (2 years ago)

    I have a few of these and they are great! If you toss a little table salt on the flames they will turn colors. Pretty cool…..

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    • theblueeyeddove
      September 30, 2014 at 9:41 am (2 years ago)

      What a cool idea, Kathy! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to try that out next time 🙂

      Reply
  12. michelke
    November 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Does this kick out a decent amount of heat or is it just decorative?

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    • theblueeyeddove
      November 23, 2014 at 8:36 pm (2 years ago)

      It gets very hot, very quickly! So it’s practical and pretty 🙂

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  13. Davona
    January 23, 2015 at 4:41 pm (1 year ago)

    where do you buy river rocks? and is the flower pot plastic or ceramic and where did you get it?

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    • theblueeyeddove
      January 24, 2015 at 10:27 am (1 year ago)

      You can find river rock at any craft or dollar store. I bought the flower pot on clearance at Hobby Lobby and it is ceramic. It works perfect for this fire pit. Hope this helps Davona 🙂

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      • Davona
        January 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm (1 year ago)

        Thanks for your answers! I want to try this out when the weather warms up a bit!

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        • theblueeyeddove
          January 24, 2015 at 2:07 pm (1 year ago)

          Good luck, Davona! Hopefully it’s a short winter 🙂

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  14. athena
    March 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this idea! I love in an apartment and can’t build fire pits or anything but this is an awesome idea. Maybe I could get away with making one like yours. How do you extinguish it when you’re done?

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    • athena
      March 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm (1 year ago)

      *live. Lol

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    • theblueeyeddove@gmail.com
      March 16, 2015 at 12:23 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Athena! I live in a condo so this fire pit works well for me too. When I’m done using it I just blow out the flame. The chafing fuel container gets really hot, but the rocks help it cool down after you are done with it. 🙂

      Reply
  15. Ken
    March 23, 2015 at 6:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Well Looks like I have something to do this spring. Clever.

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    • theblueeyeddove@gmail.com
      March 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Glad you like it, Ken! It is very easy to make and comes in handy for sure 🙂

      Reply
  16. barbara
    May 2, 2015 at 10:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Can you use plastic flower pot . I was wondering if rocks get hot melt the plastic. I love this idea.

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    • theblueeyeddove@gmail.com
      May 2, 2015 at 11:21 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Barbara! The rocks seem to absorb the heat, so it could potentially melt the pot. I’d probably stick with clay if you can 🙂

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  17. Cam
    May 11, 2015 at 3:28 am (1 year ago)

    Your instructions say, “…Make sure the chafing fuel container sets up a little higher than the flower pot.” Why does the chafing fuel container have to be higher then the flower pot? I’d rather the can itself be hidden more within the rocks.

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    • theblueeyeddove@gmail.com
      May 13, 2015 at 1:18 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Cam, I chose to have my container set up higher, but it doesn’t really matter where it sits as long as you can reach it for roasting marshmallows. I roast the marshmallows in the heat that the container produces (usually holding the marshmallow about 6 inches above the container). According to the company it is fine. I’ve used it several times and have never noticed any weird tastes. There really isn’t a flame with this type of container, but it sure gets hot! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

      Reply
  18. Sue Good
    May 27, 2015 at 11:31 am (1 year ago)

    Hi. I note you have used a ceramic pot, do you think a terracotta pot that has been varnished would be ok to use? Thanks x

    Reply

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