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How to make paper flames

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are decorating your house for Halloween, you can make your house more frightening by including elements that can seem scary, such as an artificial fire. Although you can purchase a fake fire at a party supply store, you can also save money by making your own fake fire out of paper. By colouring card stock and crepe paper in a certain way, you can make it resemble an actual fire in your house.

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  1. Cut out six to eight flame shapes from card stock measuring about 15 cm (6 inches) wide by 30 cm (12 inches) tall.

  2. Cover the surface of each flame using craft glue.

  3. Crumple up yellow, orange and red tissue paper into loose balls.

  4. Stick the balls onto the glued flames, arranging the yellow at the top, the orange in the middle and the red at the bottom.

  5. Cut 2.5 cm (1 inch) into the bottom of each flame.

  6. Bend the bottom tabs of each flame at the slip to make the sides go opposite directions.

  7. Apply glue to the bottom of the tabs.

  8. Press the glued tabs collectively onto a piece of cardboard to complete the fire.

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Things You'll Need

  • Card stock
  • Crepe paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Clear glitter
  • Yellow, orange and red tissue paper

About the Author

Kelly Sundstrom
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