How to Make Fake Fire Out of Construction Paper

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Choose orange and yellow construction paper to make a realistic fire.
Choose orange and yellow construction paper to make a realistic fire. (Image: Victoria Short/iStock/Getty Images)

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 burned by actual open flames. Create realistic orange- and yellow-colored flames out of construction paper to use for campfires or stage props for plays and skits.

Things You'll Need

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

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.

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.

Freehand draw flame shapes on the orange and yellow construction paper. Cut out about six of each color and make them as large as you want depending on the size of fire you want to make.

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

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use paper towel rolls, painted brown, to make the logs instead of making them out of construction paper.
  • You could also use real logs with the fake fire.

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