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Rise up, O flame,

By thy light glowing,

Show to us beauty,

Vision and joy.

 

Indoor Campfire Idea #1

 

Things You’ll Need

 

         Rocks (wash them off first, so that they are clean)

         Brown craft or packing paper

         Orange, red, and yellow tissue paper

 

Cut wide strips of craft paper.  How big you make your strips depends on how big you want your "fire" to be, this one is approximately 12cm by 18 cm.  Crumple and squish strips to give them some texture, and then roll the strips into the shape of logs.
 
Cut a few additional pieces of craft paper, and crumple them up into loose balls.  Place these crumpled balls in the centre of the area where you would like to build your fire, and lean your logs against the crumpled ball, tepee style.

 

Arrange clean rocks in a circle around the fire.

 

Indoor Campfire Idea #2

 

Gather enough rocks to make the fire ring. Clean them off before bringing inside. Rip up a brown paper bag and then twist the pieces to look like firewood. You could use real twigs and sticks but paper is cleaner. Use scrap pieces of felt for the flames. To make the flames, cut up yellow felt scraps (you could use a mix of colors) so that they were a bit like irregular triangles.  Pull at the edges to soften the look. Arrange the rocks in a circle and build your fire.

 

Indoor Campfire Idea #3

 

This Campfire Craft provides a campfire which is perfectly safe for children of all ages - and, even better, you can bring it indoors if the weather lets you down!

When you have it made, why not gather around and sing some campfire songs!

 

Things You’ll Need

           

         4 Cardboard tubes (we used the inner tube from kitchen

         towels)

         Brown paint

         Crepe paper in red, yellow and orange

         Glue (optional)

 

Paint your cardboard tubes brown and leave to dry. Arrange them into a rough pile. If you want to keep your campfire to use again in the future, you can glue them into position.

 

Rip up pieces of the crepe paper and scrunch into flame shapes. Push the flames into the pile of tubes.

 

Indoor Campfire Idea #4

 

Things You'll Need

 

         Black plastic trash bag

         Black dirt

         Pine cones

         Tree limbs, sticks or branches

         Rocks 6 to 12 inches in diameter

         Small fan, approximately 4 to 6 inches in diameter

         Red, orange and yellow cellophane

         Scissors

         Roll white gauze

         Masking tape

         Fire logs

         4 to 7 small flashlights

         Colander

 

Tear a black plastic trash bag open so you have a large single sheet of plastic. Lay the plastic liner down where you want the campfire. Cover the trash bag with a thick layer of black dirt. Form a rock circle to surround your fire using rocks that are 6 to 12 inches in diameter. Toss pine cones and tree limbs, sticks or branches around the outside of the circle on the dirt to add to the outdoor appearance.

Cut red, orange and yellow sheets of cellophane into 12 strips ranging from 4 to 12 inches in length that resemble flames. Shred four to six strips of white gauze that are 5 to 10 inches long, which will create faux smoke.

Turn a small fan that is approximately 4 to 6 inches in diameter so that the fan is blowing upward. Tape one end of the cellophane flames and gauze strips around the circumference of the fan rotating the two materials and varying the sizes.

Place the fan in the center of the fire pit and lay two fire logs as close as you can to the fan, one on each side, so they are parallel to each other. Add two more fire logs perpendicular to the first logs to form a square. Place logs in this fashion until you have wood stacked above the fan, which will vary depending on the height of the fan.

Wrap red, orange and yellow sheets of cellophane over the light cover of four to six small flashlights. Tape the cellophane around the flashlights using masking tape. Insert the covered flashlights in between the fire logs and fan at varying angles toward where the "flames" and "smoke" will rise.

Crumple red, orange and yellow sheets of cellophane into balls and stuff these in the space between the logs and fan, concealing the flashlights and fan from view to create fire embers.

Turn the fan on low and turn the flashlights on. Create stars on the ceiling by flipping a colander upside down with an uncovered flashlight lit beneath it. Place the colander at an angle against a nearby wall or prop it up so that the light shines on the ceiling above the campfire. Alternatively, place the colander with the light underneath inside the rock fire pit, if you feel it does not take away from the realistic campfire look.

 

Indoor Campfire Idea - Fan the Flames

 

For an elaborate setup, find a small fan that can be aimed to blow upwards-a computer fan or a small room fan works well. Anchor the fan to a base and secure a row of red and orange blinking lights a few inches above the fan. You might attach the lights to every other bar of a grill that's propped up above the fan with wooden blocks, to increase the area the light covers. To increase the amount of reflection, wrap the grill prongs in aluminum foil or cover the wooden blocks in foil before attaching the lights. On the bars without lights, attach material that will act like flames; fire-coloured silk is the best option. Experiment with the shapes that will most closely resemble fire when the fan is turned on. To create the impression of fire, turn the fan and the lights on; the blowing "flames" will glow dramatically with the light shining upward, particularly in a dark room. For convenience, mount the entire setting in a shallow fire pan and run the light cord out the back.

 

Indoor Campfire Idea - Glowing Embers

 

To give the effect of the tail end of the fire, when the embers are glowing, use real logs and cellophane. Find a stack of campfire wood, logs and sticks to make a real fire setup, and place crinkled-up red and orange cellophane under it, letting the edges peek out. You might also wrap some of the smaller sticks in cellophane and allow them to lie underneath the setup. To create a glow, curl up some red, orange, yellow or even white Christmas lights lay them underneath your fire setup and plug them in. The light will reflect off the cellophane, creating "embers."

 

Indoor Campfire Idea - Tissue Paper Fire

 

For a less-complex fake campfire, find several small fans, then cut out strips of red, orange and yellow tissue paper and tape them to the outside of the fans. To create a glow, use flashlights or standing lamps placed behind the fans. This type of fake fire may require some manoeuvring to make the fans blow upward, and you may need to use a pile of campfire logs to disguise the setup.

 

Campfire In a Bucket

 

For this project, you will need a small play bucket or an empty plastic ice cream tub. Cut several sheets of yellow, orange and red construction paper into fire shapes. Wash and dry the bucket. Tape the flame shapes to the bucket's outside with masking tape loops. You can fill this campfire bucket with freshly microwaved popcorn for your family movie night. You can also fill it with candy treats for special events or unit parties.

 

CD Campfire

 

Recycle an old CD and make this fabulous miniature campfire! This makes a perfect gift for campers who love roasting marshmallows in the great outdoors.

 

What you'll need:

 

         Old CD

         Rocks – about the size of a quarter

         Sticks

         A handful of soil, dirt or sand

         White craft glue

         Small scraps of red, orange and yellow tissue paper

         Toothpick

 

How to make it:

 

         Cover CD with glue and use a paintbrush or your finger to

         spread the glue out for an even coat.

         Cover glue area with dirt or sand and tap off excess.

         Use your finger to push back a little of the dirt from the

         edges, all the way around the CD, to make room for the

         rocks.

         Squeeze out a generous amount of white glue onto the

         cleared edge of the CD. Press a rock into the glue.

         Repeat until entire rim of the CD is covered in rocks.

         If necessary, break sticks into approximately 4 inch

         pieces. Using white craft clue, build a "fire" with the sticks

         by laying them down in a teepee formation, gluing as you

         go. Let everything dry for 2 hours (will not be completely

         dry, but won't slide around).

         Tear tissue paper into small pieces, approximately 1" or

         2" squares.

         Place tip of toothpick into the center (don't poke through)

         of a piece of red tissue paper. Wrap the tissue paper

         around the toothpick.  

         Dab some glue on the tip and dip it into the sticks,

         removing the toothpick once inserted. Repeat around the

         top of the sticks with several red pieces and then add a

         few orange toward the middle, and lastly one or two

         yellow pieces at the top of the stick mound.

         Let project dry completely overnight.

 

Tips:

 

         To find sticks, especially in the spring, go to the base of

         large trees. Dead branches will break off from the weight

         of the winter snow and from wind leaving several on the

         ground for you to collect!

         If you don't have tissue paper, crepe paper streamers

         work well. You may also use construction paper cut into

         flame shapes.

         We do not recommend hot glue for this project. While the

         rocks will stick well, they can easily pop off later on. White

         glue will adhere much better so be sure and plan for an

         overnight dry time.

 

Moving Flames

 

Cut a 4-inch by 11-inch strip of poster board. Paint both sides black. Shape the strip into a ring and tape it together on the inside with a strip of black electric tape. Tape three strings across the rim witch clear adhesive tape. Tape yellow, orange and read tissue paper strips or streamers to the strings. Lay a hand-held fan on the table with the blades facing up and turn it on. Place your campfire ring on top of the running fan.

 

Paper Plate and Construction Paper Campfire

 

For this project, you need a paper plate, construction paper, safety scissors, masking tape and a glue stick. Cut a few flame shapes out of yellow, orange and red construction paper with the safety scissors. Cut a few strips from brown construction paper. Stand the flame strips up on the paper plate. Attach them with strips of masking tape. Run the glue stick over the brown construction paper strips. Arrange them on the paper plate around the flames.

 

Paper Towel Roll Centerpiece

 

Cut three paper towel roll insides in half. Paint them brown with tempera paint or water colors. Wear an apron or an old shirt when you use tempera paints, because not all tempera paints will wash out completely. Arrange them in a cardboard circle. Place rocks gathered on a recent hike around the circle's edge. Paint the cardboard circle with black tempera paint or watercolors. Tear or cut yellow, orange and red tissue paper into flame shapes and glue the shapes to the the paper towel logs.

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