How to Make a Fire Out of Construction Paper

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How to Make a Fire Out of Construction Paper
Make a pretend fire with construction paper. (fire image by Richard Kane from

Artificial fires are a safe alternative to indoor fires or even outdoor fires where children are playing. Kids can tell ghost stories around the campfire, or sing camp songs together without the risk of being burnt by actual open flames. Construction paper can be used to create realistic orange- and yellow-coloured flames to use for campfires or even as stage props for plays and skits.

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Things you need

  • 2 sheets brown construction paper
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors
  • 6 sheets yellow construction paper
  • 6 sheets orange construction paper
  • White glue

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  1. 1

    Roll two sheets of brown construction paper longways into tubes and tape them in place along the seam with clear tape. These are your logs.

  2. 2

    Cut a semicircle into one side of one of the logs with scissors, and rest the other log inside the semicircle cut-out so they are crossed like campfire logs.

  3. 3

    Cut rough triangles and wispy flames of orange and yellow construction paper. Cut six of each colour and make them as large as you want depending on the size of fire you want to make.

  4. 4

    Crease the bottom inch of each triangle, and glue the folded inch of each triangle to the tops of the logs. The bend will help to keep your flames erect. Overlap the flames for a realistic fire.

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