How To Make a Fake Campfire

Gather around, campers! Are you ready to create the cozy ambiance of a campfire without the actual flames? A fake campfire is a fantastic and safe way to bring the outdoor experience indoors, perfect for storytelling, sing-alongs, or just enjoying the illusion of flickering flames. Whether it’s for a themed party, a classroom setting, or just a fun activity at home, making a fake campfire is easy, safe, and can be a great craft project for kids and adults alike. Let’s ignite our creativity and learn how to make a charming, realistic-looking campfire that’s perfect for any indoor camping adventure!

Instructions on How to Make a Fake Campfire

Materials Needed:

  • Brown paper (for logs)
  • Red, orange, and yellow tissue paper (for flames)
  • LED tea lights or small string lights (for the glowing effect)
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Optional: small stones or rocks for the campfire base


  1. Create the Logs:
    • Take the brown paper and roll it into tubes to resemble logs. The number of logs is up to you, but three or four usually work well.
    • Secure the logs with tape to keep them rolled.
  2. Form the Base:
    • Arrange the logs in a circular or star-shaped pattern, mimicking how real logs would be arranged in a campfire.
    • If you have small stones or rocks, place them around the logs to enhance the campfire look.
  3. Make the Flames:
    • Cut the red, orange, and yellow tissue paper into flame shapes. You’ll want a mix of sizes and shapes to make it look more realistic.
    • Layer these tissue paper flames by placing the yellow pieces (the innermost flames) first, then orange, and red on the outside.
  4. Add the Glow:
    • Place LED tea lights or small string lights in the center of the log arrangement. If using string lights, weave them subtly between the logs.
    • When switched on, the lights will give a soft, flickering glow, simulating the embers of a fire.
  5. Assemble the Fire:
    • Carefully place the tissue paper flames around the lights, ensuring they stand upright. You can use small pieces of tape to secure them to the logs if necessary.
  6. Final Touches:
    • Adjust the tissue paper and logs until you’re happy with the overall appearance of your campfire.
    • Turn off the room lights and switch on your LED lights to see your campfire come to life!


Q: Can I use real candles for the fake campfire?
A: It’s not recommended to use real candles, especially around children, as it can be a fire hazard. LED tea lights are a safe alternative.

Q: How can I make the fake campfire more interactive for kids?
A: You can create a storytelling session or sing-along around the fake campfire. Kids can also help in making the fire by cutting out the tissue paper flames and assembling the logs.

Q: Is this project suitable for outdoor use?
A: While primarily designed for indoor use, you can use it outdoors in dry, calm conditions. However, it’s not weatherproof or suitable for windy or wet conditions.

Q: How can I store the fake campfire for future use?
A: Carefully disassemble the campfire and flatten the logs and tissue paper flames. Store them in a dry place for future use.

Q: Can I make the campfire bigger for a stage prop?
A: Absolutely! Just increase the size and number of logs and tissue paper flames. Larger LED lights or rope lights can be used for more illumination in a bigger setup.

Creating a fake campfire is not just a fun craft activity but also a great way to set a camping mood anywhere, anytime. With a little creativity and simple materials, you can enjoy the cozy charm of a campfire safely and imaginatively!