How to Build a Campfire

How to Build a Campfire

While I have built plenty of real campfires and could help you out with the real thing if you like, I would rather explain how you can use a CD, some rocks, and some tissue paper to make this cute campfire you can use as a party centerpiece of even a nightlight you can use in your tent.  I created this CD campfire craft – well, actually several of them – to use as centerpieces at a baby shower with a hunting/outdoor theme.

Here are all of the supplies and tools you should gather together to make this craft:

Supplies You Need:

  • CD
  • Paint
  • Small Rocks
  • Craft Glue
  • Orange and Yellow Tissue Paper
  • Electric Tea Light Candle

Tools You Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors

Paint the CD Campfire Craft Base

The first thing you need to do is paint the CD. I used brown so it looked like dirt, but you can use any color you like. It will probably take a few costs of paint to completely cover the CD. Let the paint dry.

How to Glue the Rocks onto the CD Campfire

Arrange the rocks around the edge of the CD. Once you like the placement, glue them in place using craft glue or even a more heavy duty glue like E-6000. Let the glue dry.

How to Cut the Tissue Paper Fire

Cut two squares from each color of tissue paper. You will want your squares to measure about 5-inches across.   Set your tissue paper on your work surface, alternating colors and offsetting the corners. Put a small dab of glue in the center of each piece of tissue paper before you stack the other on top of it. Do not put a dab of glue on the top piece. You do not want to glue the candle to the tissue paper because you will need to remove it to turn it off and on. Set the tea light candle on the center of the tissue paper. (Did you notice that the tea light candle I used was orange? I scored these at Halloween time at our local big box store!)

How to Gather together the Tissue Paper

Carefully pick up the tissue paper and tea light candle. Gather the tissue paper up around the candle.  Pinch the tissue paper around the candle as much as necessary to shape it.

How to Glue Tissue Paper Flames to CD Campfire Base

Squirt some glue in the center of the CD and set the tissue paper on the glue. Let the glue dry and your miniature campfire is ready to use. What will you use it for? Please let us know!

36 comments for “How to Build a Campfire

  1. wendy
    05/24/2013 at 1:09 am

    These are sooo cute!

  2. 05/24/2013 at 5:01 am

    Love that, perfect for a camping centerpiece at youth camps as well!

  3. Shannon
    05/24/2013 at 7:12 am

    Great timing with this! My family is going camping this weekend and we are going to make these today for the kids to use as nightlights in the tent. I would have never thought of that, thanks!

  4. 05/26/2013 at 8:22 pm

    Such a cute little craft! We love to camp, but can’t always go with all the little ones in our house. Perfect way to bring camping home! Just posted on Craft Gossip!

  5. 05/28/2013 at 12:50 am

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial, my son will love this!

    • 05/28/2013 at 12:48 pm

      You’re welcome! I hope you ans your son enjoy making and using it.

  6. Sami S.
    05/28/2013 at 7:37 pm

    I think I am going to make these to decorate the picnic tables for our 4th of July party!

    • 05/28/2013 at 9:54 pm

      Great Sami! If you do, I hope you take pictures and share them with us.

  7. 05/31/2013 at 8:35 am

    Thank you so much for this great idea, I used this in my sunday preschool class for the story of Paul and the shipwreck.

    • 05/31/2013 at 10:23 am

      That’s great Debi! I hadn’t even thought of it being a good project for a Sunday school craft. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  8. Kitley
    06/10/2013 at 1:15 am

    OMG! I have to make these! Too cute.

    • 06/10/2013 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Kitley, I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did! 🙂

  9. Betsy
    06/24/2013 at 8:00 am

    I love this idea. We are planning a birthday party for my 10 year old and are having a camp out/slumber party in our backyard. I think I will have the kids make these.

    • cathy hunt
      10/09/2015 at 6:13 pm

      This campfire idea would be cute for a campfire theme kids party, inside or out.

  10. Scouter
    07/09/2013 at 3:00 pm

    I wanted to stop by and thank you. Our boy scout troop made this project while we were at camp and everyone loved them!

  11. Betty Reynoso
    07/20/2013 at 11:59 am

    Thank you for sharing I am a preschool teacher I plan on making this for my dramatic play center and turn it into a camp site. Great craft to make with the kids

  12. Bev Johnstone
    08/29/2013 at 5:56 pm

    I’m a campground host, and I’m planning to use this craft this weekend with the kids. Looks so cute! I couldn’t find orange lights and had to buy white ones. I’m thinking about trying to brush some orange paint on them beforehand so they won’t stand out so much.

    • 08/29/2013 at 7:41 pm

      How fun Bev, and what lucky kids! 🙂 If you want to paint the tealights orange, I would suggest using a light coating of orange spray paint! 🙂

  13. Monica
    01/21/2015 at 11:09 pm

    We are going to use these as centerpieces for our Cub Scouts Blue & Gold Ceremony. Thank you for this easy, inexpensive and CLEVER idea!

    • 01/22/2015 at 7:37 am

      Glad you are putting these to good use Monica! 🙂

  14. kathleen
    06/16/2015 at 8:04 am

    I love these they are very elegant you are very talented I will use these to give for party favors or I am thinking of making a big one for my table centerpiece thanks

  15. Penny
    07/14/2015 at 7:33 am

    This is great! A wonderful addition to our western VBS!!!

  16. 07/21/2015 at 11:25 pm

    I am a teacher in Korea teaching a summer camp next week. This is perfect for my classroom! Thanks so much!!

  17. Heather
    09/08/2015 at 10:03 pm

    This will be the perfect campfire for my grand children’s camp out in Grandma’s room. And I can let it go all night .
    Thanks for sharing

  18. SharRon
    01/10/2016 at 11:32 pm

    Putting on center pieces. For cub scouts. blue and gold. Our theme is camping!

  19. Kristen
    06/02/2016 at 8:33 pm

    I’m going to make this with my 9 year old son for a “teach the teacher something” project. He wants to teach her how to make smores in the classroom, so we need a fake fire. Thanks!

  20. rebeccajamiso
    06/12/2016 at 4:41 pm

    We’re making them for my son’s camping themed birthday party. Fun!

  21. Cassaundra Fowler
    07/07/2016 at 10:42 am

    I am so glad I found this! I am going to use your idea, but instead of rocks, I’m going to use little pieces of wood that I found in a package at the dollar store. I’m a librarian, and I’m currently doing a “summer camp” display for the kids section, and this will be a wonderful addition to my display! Thanks so much!

    • Marian Oliver
      06/10/2017 at 2:01 am

      Thanks. I am using these as centerpieces at my son’s wedding rehearsal dinner. It is a western themed wedding. I am also using red checkered tablecloths, old boots on the tables with sunflowers in them, and old pie tins as dishes(courtesy of Marie Calenders Restaurant.) Only thing is I’m bringing in a Taco Man to cook a Mexican meal. It is at the park at noon. They sprang a 9am rehearsal on us!


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