Camp Classic Play | Mini Campfires and Marshmallow Roasters

by , posted on July 9th, 2013 in Camp Classic Play!

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how to make mini campfires for pretend play

It’s not always possible to have a real campfire, like, for example, when you’re pretending to campout in your living room. But get this, you can make those pretend camp out sessions much more authentic if you make your very own mini campfire. You can then take it anywhere with you. And I mean anywhere. Campfire in the bedroom? Check. Campfire outside on the sidewalk? Check. Campfire on the deck? You know it!

For today’s craft I’m sharing with you how to make your very own little fire and as an extra bonus, I’ll tell you how you can make a marshmallow on a stick (look-alike) too!

materials for making mini campfires

Materials Needed:
a stack of sticks and twigs
long sticks (for the “marshmallow” roasting)
cotton balls
garden pruners
tissue paper (yellow, orange or red or use all three together)
hot glue gun and glue sticks
school glue (optional)
string, twine or thick thread (we used embroidery thread)


Step 1
Cut your sticks and twigs until they are all about the same general length. Small children will need help from an adult with this part.


Step 2
Using your hot glue gun, glue the sticks in a “fire stack” together. To make this stack just alternate the direction of each stick as you place it on top of the stick below. Just a dab of hot glue is needed. If you prefer not to use hot glue, you can skip this step and move onto the next step.


Step 3
Once your sticks are glued together, further secure them by wrapping your twine or string around the center where the sticks intersect. Tie the string off and cut off the excess.

cut flames

Step 4
To cut out your flame shapes, simply fold your tissue paper over (double or triple stacking it) then using your scissors cut out the triangular shape of the flame.


Step 5
Feather out the stacked tissue and crumple the bottom together, pinching and rolling it just a bit. This is your flame. You will repeat making these until you are satisfied with the flame quantity. You can also add more colors or keep your flame one single color. We made a yellow flame and we also made a yellow, orange and red flame.

glue flames to the sticks

Step 6
For this step you can use hot glue or school glue. Tissue paper glues very easily to wooden objects with school glue but doesn’t dry as quickly as hot glue. Either method works fine. If you use hot glue, simply glue the base of each flame to the center of the stick stack. You would do the same with the school glue, however, use your fingers to pinch the flames in place a little longer.

fire and marshmallow

There you have it! To make your fake marshmallow roasting get-up, simply slip a few cotton balls onto the tip of a stick.

roasting cotton balls by the diy campfire

warming hands by the fire

Your fire is ready and you are all set for campfire singing and stories! True story: my daughter took her pretend campfire to school. I can only imagine recess was awesome!

Check out these other projects in the area of Arts + Crafts. Earn a badge by completing any one of them:
Design a Summer T-shirt
Summer Sunshine Collage
Native American Talking Stick
Watercolor in the Kitchen
Shrinky Dinks
Mosaic Tiles
Morse Code Necklace

What’s Camp Classic Play? It’s a week long stay-at-home summer camp where kids can earn badges in five areas: arts + crafts, games + athletics, science + nature, cooking, and gardening. Share your camp experience by using #campclassicplay

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4 Responses to “Camp Classic Play | Mini Campfires and Marshmallow Roasters”

  1. lacy Says:

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    So fun! This reminds me of one of my FAVORITE activities from when I was in grade school. We had an annual campfire – with a giant paper campfire (like this) in the middle of the gym. Teachers told stories and led songs and it was so fun! :)

  2. Carla Says:

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    My little firefighter will love this! We can’t wait to earn our arts + crafts badge!

  3. Caroline Says:

    July 9th, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Carla and Lacy, Lizzie took her campfire to school in her backpack. I was like “Whatcha doing with the campfire in your bag?” and she was like “Oh you know, I thought I’d pull it out at recess!” Hahaha! The visual still makes me smile.

    And Jen–your doodles make me smile too. They are cool+ adorable. :)

  4. Felicia Says:

    July 9th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This is so cute. Maxwell will love this!! xFelicia

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