Diy simulated flame light

Updated February 21, 2017

The soft, flickering light of a fire adds a pleasant ambience to many situations, but you might need the light of a fire without the fire itself. Theatrical shows, fake campfires, and non-functional fireplaces are just a few examples. A good substitute is a fire globe, which is safe and reusable. It simulates the appearance of firelight with none of the dangers of a real flame.

Shred the red and orange theatrical gels into small pieces.

Cut a toilet paper tube in half and wrap it in tinfoil.

Form a small pot out of tinfoil that is 1 inch larger that the toilet paper tube on all sides, including the top. The tube will sit in the middle of the pot. The finished pot will look like a small bundt cake pan.

Fill the pot with a mixture of the shredded gels and clear plastic beads. The mixture will fill the sides around the toilet paper tube and should cover the top by one inch.

Put the pot with the beads in the oven and bake at 204 degrees Cor about 20 minutes. Allow to cool.

Remove the tinfoil and paper tube. You now have a plastic globe with a hollow centre.

Place a flickering light inside of the globe and turn it on.


You can experiment with the thickness of your fire globe and the colours you use to get different effects.


The melted plastic will be very hot. Be careful not to burn yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Theatrical gels, reds and oranges
  • Clear plastic beads
  • Tinfoil
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Oven
  • Flickering light
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Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.