With fall coming upon us quickly, we are looking for ways to stay warm as well as more indoor-friendly activities, especially once the days get very cold. We love our little backyard campfire and use it as much as we can, including sitting around it in spring, summer and fall. K especially loves to roast marshmallows on it in the summer and we enjoy sitting around it once the weather starts to cool down. We decided to make a simple little campfire craft using natural materials and felt, which is a perfect activity to do indoors on those chillier or rainy days. We put our nature and felt campfire craft on our nature table, which is slowly transitioning to Autumn from its current summer collection state. It’s the perfect accompaniment to our collection of acorns, feathers, pinecones and favourite stones.
Nature and Felt Campfire Craft
- Small stones or pebbles – 10-15 in total depending on the size of the stones. We collected ours near the river and beach
- Thin sticks or twigs – you’ll need about 8-10 one-two inch pieces in total
- Felt roving – I used Feltworks roving in orange and red colours. You can also substitute one of those colours for yellow.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (alternatively, you can use regular white glue – see note below)
- Cardboard or thick card stock – a small piece works fine
*Note: Because we used a glue gun, this craft requires an adult to do the gluing. You can also use regular white glue but it will take longer to dry and might not hold as well.
- Start by breaking up the sticks or twigs into small 1-2 inch pieces.
- Cut out a piece of cardboard or thick card stock, approximately 4-5 inches in diameter. You can also make a bigger campfire if you wish; you will just need more twigs and stones.
- Start by gluing the stones in a tight circle on the outer-most edge of the circle.
- Once the stones are in place, glue the small pieces of twigs or sticks across the stones to create a square pattern. You can do this however you want to make it look like sticks in a fire. As you can see, my glue got a bit messy! Not to worry, as you can easily just get rid of the flyaway pieces once they are dry.
- Once the main part of the fire is done, take out your felt roving and gently pull out a small piece (approximately 3-4 inches long) of your main colour (I used red). Then pull apart a piece of your second colour, about a third of the size, to go in the middle. Pinch them together to create the fire.
- You can then either place them in the middle of the fire if they stay standing up, or glue them in the center. We ended gluing ours to ensure it stays put and isn’t removed by tiny little hands:) And that’s it. You’re done!