Cardboard Tube Campfire And Marshmallows

Cardboard Tube Campfire And Marshmallows

This kids craft project shows you how to recycle toilet or cardboard tubes into a fun pretend play project for kids.

What you need

6 cardboard tubes
brown acrylic or poster paint
large paintbrush
tissue paper: yellow, red and orange
2 twigs
cotton balls
white craft glue
hot glue gun


Paint all cardboard tubes with brown paint and let dry. repeat for a second coat if needed.

Cut tissue paper into three squares for each color. The yellow squares should be a little larger than the orange and the orange should be a little larger than the red.

Glue cotton balls to the ends of twigs for marshmallows.

Arrange cardboard tubes into a pile, you will need three of the tubes to be pointing upward with some room in the center of the pile where the tissue paper will be.

Use a hot glue gun to quickly tack them together, but reinforce with white glue as it holds together better.

Place a square of red tissue paper into the palm of your hand, lay a piece of orange on top of that and a piece of yellow on top of the orange square.

Stick your pointing finger into the center of the yellow square and close your palm around your finger. Hold tissue paper in place and remove your finger.

Put some glue on the end of the gathered tissue that is in your palm and insert it into one of the open cardboard tubes that are sticking up at the top of the campfire pile.

Repeat this process for all the other two sets of tissue paper and glue into the remaining two tube that are pointing upward.

For added stability, and to make this easier for your child to carry, glue the entire project to a piece of sturdy cardboard to create a base. You can even create some pretend rocks to go around the campfire!

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