Kids and their friends and family can enjoy the cozy fun of a campfire in their own family room with this craft that’s easy to make from recycled materials. While the supplies might make the campfire artificial, kids will love it if the marshmallows are the real thing!
- Three or four paper or cardboard tubes
- Cylindrical bread crumbs or oatmeal container (or tall can without sharp edges)
- Tissue paper in red, orange, and yellow
- Brown craft paint
- Brown marker
- Brown crayon (optional)
- Brown construction paper or white paper colored brown
- Strong glue or hot glue gun
- Chopstick, stick, pencil or other such item (one for each person)
To Make the Logs
- Cover the ends of the tubes with circles of brown construction paper or white paper and glue into place
- Paint the tubes and the ends if needed, let dry (or cover the tubes with brown or white paper colored brown)
- Paint the sides of the cylindrical container with the brown paint, let dry (or cover the container with brown paper or white paper colored brown)
- With the marker draw tree rings on the ends of the tubes. Decorate the sides with wavy lines, adding a few knot holes and swirls.
To Make the Fire
- Cut 9 squares from the tissue paper (3 in each color, about 8 to 6-inch square)
- Layer the colors and gather them together at one tip. Fold over and hold them together with a rubber band.
To Assemble the Campfire
- Stack the tube logs
- Put the tissue paper fire in the middle of the logs
To “Roast” Marshmallows
- Stick marshmallows on chopsticks, sticks, or pencils for “roasting” and eating!
You can keep your logs and fire in the cylindrical log until the next time!