How to Make a Fake Campfire Display Using Red Christmas Lights

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How to Make a Fake Campfire Display Using Red Christmas Lights
Fake campfires can look very real. (campfire image by iChip from Fotolia.com)

Campfires bring back memories of happy family outings. They also bring families together for a few hours of fun and laughter. Avoid the dangers of having an actual fire by building a fake campfire using items you may already have in the house. Red Christmas lights give the effect of flames and a light breeze from a small fan keeps the colour paper flames flickering.

A few logs and a pine-scented air freshener will transform any room into a woodsy-smelling outdoor adventure.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 wood logs
  • Small fan
  • 10 thin tree branches, 1 1/2 feet long
  • 1 set red Christmas lights, with blinker
  • Red, orange and yellow crepe paper strips, 1 1/2 inches wide
  • Sellotape
  • River rocks, medium size

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place two logs one foot from each other in the area you want the campfire. Place the fan on the floor in the centre of the two logs, with the front facing up. Run the cord out so it can be connected to an extension cord.

  2. 2

    Place the 10 branches across the two logs, evenly spaced. Place the other two logs on top of these on the opposite sides to hold down the tree branches.

  3. 3

    Wrap the red Christmas lights around the logs, making sure each log has a few lights. Wrap them so they help stabilise the logs. Connect the lights and the fan to an electric extension cord.

  4. 4

    Cut 1-foot strips of the red, orange and yellow crepe paper. Tape each strip in random fashion to the grill on the front of the fan. When the fan is on the crepe paper strips will flutter in the breeze, imitating flickering fire flames.

  5. 5

    Place the river rocks in a circle around the campfire, 10 to 12 inches from the logs.

  6. 6

    Connect the extension cord into a wall socket. A surge protector extension cord works best because you can turn on the power from the cord instead of trying to reach the on-and-off switch on the fan.

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