Making waterproof matches is a quick and easy do it yourself project that will help ensure you can build that all important fire when you need one.

The ability to build a fire is one of the most important skills you can master as it relates to surviving in an emergency and matches are one of the most convenient fire-starting methods. However, one of the challenges with matches is that they are susceptible to moisture and humidity. Having your supply of matches become wet or even damp could put your survival at risk in certain situations.

One of the popular trends when it comes to making waterproof matches is to use paraffin wax in the waterproofing process. Unlike the clear nail polish that we recommend here, wax can often break or crumble, leaving the match exposed to potential moisture. Another common problem with using paraffin wax is that the wax often gunks up the match striker.

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden Matches
  • 1 bottle of clear nail polish
  • Plastic cap from a soda bottle or milk carton

Step 1: Fill a plastic cap with clear nail polish.

Step 2: Dip the head of each match into the polish and carefully lay the match on a tabletop with the head of the match extending off the edge. Repeat until all of your matches have been dipped.

Step 3: When the nail polish has completely dried on the match head, hold each match by the head and dip the remaining wooden portion of the match into the bottle of nail polish, thus sealing the match completely.

Step 4: Place the matches on a sheet of wax paper to dry.