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Make Your Own Small Fire Pit

How To Make a Small Fire Pit

Make a Small Fire Pit | The Blue Eyed Dove

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 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.

These small fire pits are super easy to make too!

How To Make a Small Fire Pit | The Blue Eyed Dove

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.

Make Your Own Small Fire Pit | The Blue Eyed Dove


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.

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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!

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

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So you can spend the rest of your money on your broken headlight, or I can anyways. 😉

Who’s ready for some s’mores!?

See my S’mores Party here.

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P.S. Looking for some more outdoor party inspiration? Check out my Clam Bake party!

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  • What a cute idea!

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

    • Constance Perkins

      How does one turn off the burner?

  • Pat

    Very good Erin! Perfect for a small patio!

  • Renee

    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!!

    • 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 🙂

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

    • 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 🙂

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

    • 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 🙂

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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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  • Applestar

    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??

    • 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 🙂

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  • 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!

    • 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!

  • Kathy

    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…..

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

  • michelke

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

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

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  • Davona

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

    • 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 🙂

      • Davona

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

  • athena

    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?

    • athena

      *live. Lol

    • 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. 🙂

  • Ken

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

  • barbara

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

    • 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 🙂

  • Cam

    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.

    • 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 🙂

  • Sue Good

    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

  • This is such an awesome idea! I’m shopping to buy one..but, they so are expensive! Now with your tutorial I feel confident to make one!
    If you have an iPhone, can you please also share this on the Univhers app? or I can feature your blog – let me know.

  • maryann demuynck

    One suggestion is to find a tuna or chicken can just slightly larger then the chafing fuel can. This allows you to replace the fuel can without disturbing the river rocks.