How to make an easy play campfire


One of my favourite parts of our Sparks meetings is when we do our campfire songs. I don’t remember a lot from my time as a Brownie and Girl Guide when I was young, but I still remember the songs! One of my fellow leaders suggested that it would fun for us to have a ‘campfire’ that we could use at our meetings and I jumped at the chance to make it. I had almost everything on hand and it came together very quickly. I actually remade it before our Mommy & Me sleepover last weekend because my first attempt was just rolled up pieces of construction paper, and they were getting a little crushed being taken to and from the meeting each week. Here’s what you need and how to make your own play campfire!


  • brown and black construction paper
  • toilet paper rolls
  • paper towel rolls
  • 3 colours of tissue paper (I used gold, yellow and red because that’s what I had on hand)
  • thick cardboard or other material to use as a base
  • craft glue
  • plastic container (optional)
  • elastic (optional)
  • battery operated lantern (optional)


  • Start by covering your base with black construction paper.
  • Decide how many ‘logs’ you want to have. I used one toilet paper roll for the smallest ‘logs’, two toilet paper rolls stacked end to end for the medium ‘logs’, and a paper towel roll for the largest ‘log’. You could also cut down paper towel rolls to the sizes that you’d like. I created them by cutting brown construction paper to cover the toilet paper and paper towel rolls and gluing it on the rolls.
  • Place the ‘logs’ on your base and once you are happy with how it looks, glue them in place.

  • To make your fire, stack the tissue paper in whichever order you like. If you are not using a lantern, put a bit of glue in the middle of each sheet to hold your ‘fire’ together, then crumple and play with it until you’re happy with how your ‘flames’ look. If you want a campfire that lights up, find a plastic container that is big enough to hold your lantern and place the plastic container on top of the tissue paper. Then just bring up the tissue paper so that it covers the height of the container and hold in place with the elastic – I used a red elastic on top of red tissue paper to camouflage it. Turn on the lantern and place it inside the container so that you can see if you need to move your tissue paper around so that the light can pass through. I found that pulling the paper down a bit so that it was not tight to the container gave the best effect.

There you have it! I think it took longer to blog than it did to create and it’s something that we enjoy at most of our Sparks meetings. I think I’m going to have to make another one just for playing with in our basement!

20 Comments on How to make an easy play campfire

  1. Holly MacRitchie
    March 8, 2016 at 8:08 AM (2 years ago)

    Very nice job, my niece would love to make one of these for outside her Barbie house!

  2. Laurie P
    March 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM (2 years ago)

    This would be great for those rainy days….

  3. Julianna
    March 8, 2016 at 3:07 PM (2 years ago)

    this is really cool… I’ll have to try it with the kids!

  4. Lynda Cook
    March 10, 2016 at 4:00 AM (2 years ago)

    This is such a great and cute idea, perfect for those times when you build a blanket fort!!

  5. caryn s
    March 11, 2016 at 7:58 PM (2 years ago)

    Love this idea as we like to tent in the living room sometimes!

  6. Katherine Riley
    March 13, 2016 at 4:28 AM (2 years ago)

    This is so cool and it would add a lot to a play time!

  7. Cynthia C
    March 13, 2016 at 7:45 AM (2 years ago)

    What a cute idea for indoor “camping.”

  8. Julie
    March 13, 2016 at 8:44 AM (2 years ago)

    This looks like a fun craft idea as camping season gets closer!

  9. Jill H
    March 13, 2016 at 10:43 AM (2 years ago)

    cute, would be fun to do a theme party with & serve hot dogs & smores

  10. Kim K
    March 13, 2016 at 1:08 PM (2 years ago)

    Cute craft idea! This would be great for theme parties!

  11. Anne Taylor
    March 13, 2016 at 4:34 PM (2 years ago)

    This is gorgeous and so much fun! Thanks fo much for the inspiration!

  12. kristen visser
    March 13, 2016 at 10:20 PM (2 years ago)

    omg that is the most creative thing!! i love it. it actually looks like a campfire. My girls would love to add this to the outside of their indoor playhouse

  13. Amy Lovell
    March 13, 2016 at 10:33 PM (2 years ago)

    Ooh! This looks like a really fun craft to do with the kiddos!

  14. heather w
    March 14, 2016 at 11:37 PM (2 years ago)

    that is so cute and creative. I’ve never been one to do crafts, but my youngest child loves them, so I’ve been finding I’m looking for cool little DIY article like this. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Judy Cowan
    March 15, 2016 at 9:29 AM (2 years ago)

    What a great craft idea, would be fun to make when we are pretending to camp inside during the winter.

  16. Silvia D
    March 16, 2016 at 9:54 PM (2 years ago)

    Such a great idea! My daughter would love it!

  17. Lesley F
    March 19, 2016 at 1:15 PM (2 years ago)

    This is so cute! My granddaughter would have fun making this

  18. Jessica Cyr
    March 20, 2016 at 9:40 PM (2 years ago)

    such a great craft idea to do with my kids , thanks for sharing

  19. Nicole B
    June 28, 2016 at 7:34 AM (2 years ago)

    This would be so great for a living room campout! The kids would love it!


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