Create your own popsicle stick campfire masterpiece with our step-by-step guide!
Learn how to build an adorable campfire craft using simple materials.
Ignite your creativity and bring the cozy campfire vibes. Get inspired and start crafting!
Summer is the perfect time to indulge in fun and creative crafts that bring a touch of warmth and coziness to our lives.
And what better way to celebrate the season than with a delightful popsicle stick campfire craft?
Why you'll love this craft!
- Easy and Affordable:
This craft requires simple materials that are easily accessible and budget-friendly. Popsicle sticks are inexpensive and can be found at most craft stores or even repurposed from ice cream treats enjoyed during hot summer days.
- Enhances Creativity:
The popsicle stick campfire craft offers endless opportunities for creativity. Kids can experiment with different color combinations, add their own unique touches, and even incorporate natural elements like rocks or twigs to make it more realistic.
- Develops Fine Motor Skills:
As children handle the popsicle sticks, apply glue, and paint, they engage in activities that promote fine motor skill development. These skills are crucial for tasks such as writing, tying shoelaces, and many other daily activities.
- Sparks Imaginative Play:
Once the popsicle stick campfire is complete, it becomes a versatile prop for imaginative play. Kids can use it to create camping scenes, tell stories around the campfire, or even incorporate it into dollhouse adventures. It encourages storytelling, role-playing, and boosts their imagination.
- Educational Value:
While having fun, kids can also learn about fire safety and the importance of responsible campfire practices. Use this opportunity to discuss fire safety rules and precautions, imparting valuable knowledge that can be applied in real-life situations.
- Bonding Activity:
The popsicle stick campfire craft is an excellent opportunity for quality bonding time. Gather the family, sit together, and enjoy a creative session where everyone can contribute their ideas and work on their own mini campfires. It's a fantastic way to create lasting memories.
Materials to make a Popsicle Stick Campfire
- Craft Sticks, Jumbo
- Cardstock - Red, Orange, Yellow, Pink
- Wiggle Eyes
- Acrylic Craft Paint – Dark Brown and Tan
- Glue Stick
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
- Washable Marker, Black
- Printable Flame Pattern
For a more personalized craft you can trace your child's hands and use those for the flames.
How to make a popsicle stick campfire craft for summer!
Gather all supplies. Using scissors, cut both rounded ends from one jumbo craft stick. Cut one rounded end from two jumbo craft sticks.
Basecoat the three trimmed jumbo craft sticks with dark brown acrylic craft paint, these will become the campfire logs. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if necessary.
Paint circles with tan acrylic craft paint on the remaining two rounded ends of the two jumbo craft sticks. Let dry, and apply a second coat, if necessary. You can use washable markers, crayon, or even colored pencil to color the jumbo craft sticks.
Using a washable black marker, draw random lines on the logs to look like tree bark. On the ends of the logs, draw a spiral circle to look like the tree rings.
Stack the three craft stick logs on top of each other in a criss cross pattern and secure with a glue gun and glue sticks.
Download, print and cut out the flame pattern (or use your child's handprints).
Trace the largest flame onto red cardstock with a pencil or marker. Trace the middle flame onto orange cardstock and trace the smallest flame onto yellow cardstock.
Cut all three of the flame shapes out of the cardstock with scissors.
Layer the campfire flames on top of each other from largest in the back to smallest in the front.
Secure each of the three layers together with a glue stick.
Flip the campfire logs over and attach the flames to the top edge using a glue gun and glue sticks.
You can use liquid craft glue for this project, but you will have to wait for it to dry.
Trace the cheek patterns onto pink cardstock using a pencil or marker, and then cut out with scissors.
Secure the cheeks on either side of the flame with the glue stick.
Attach two large wiggle eyes to the campfire flame using a glue gun and glue sticks.
To finish, draw a smile on the campfire flame’s face from cheek to cheek with a washable black marker.
Create this quick and easy popsicle stick campfire with the kiddos to not only promote learning skills, but also to spark conversations about camping, and fire safety.
To enhance the experience of creating a popsicle stick campfire craft, you can organize a fun and interactive activity that complements the craft.
Here's an activity idea that pairs well.
Take turns sharing campfire stories. Let each participant take turns sharing their stories around the popsicle stick campfire.
Encourage creativity and imagination, and don't forget to applaud and appreciate each storyteller's efforts.
Consider providing prompts or story-starters to help kick-start the storytelling if needed. We personally like these options listed below to get you started.