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Coffee Filter Campfire Craft

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This cool coffee filter campfire is the perfect summer craft or fall activity for kids.

It’s fairly easy to make, uses common household and craft supplies and only takes about 30 minutes (plus additional drying time).

Your little camper will be so excited to “roast” their very own homemade marshmallows over their campfire!

Looking for more coffee filter crafts? Check out this coffee filter sunflower and our popular coffee filter bats. And don’t miss these easy fall suncatcher crafts!

White text on black background says Coffee Filter Campfire Craft above picture of finished campfire made out of coffee filters and toilet paper tubes with cotton balls glued to brown craft sticks to look like roasting marshmallows.

Bonfire Coffee Filter Craft

Do you have fond memories of socializing around bonfires as a child or roasting marshmallows near a campfire? 

Nothing is better than a campfire on cool nights!

These make a great summer or fall craft project to make at home, as a family, or at school or camp.

Preschoolers and kindergartners will practice fine gross motor skills as they color the coffee filters and paint the craft sticks.

Elementary age children can practice folding, cutting, gluing and assembling this art project.

Children will also love spraying these coffee filters with water and watching how the colors blend to look like real flames!

Pretend play with campfire made out of orange colored coffee filters and cardboard tube logs with cotton ball marshmallows on brown craft sticks.

These make great props for letting kids use their imagination and engaging in pretend play. Plus, they are an added bonus for nostalgia.

These would also make awesome centerpieces for an outdoorsy or camp-themed birthday party.

After making pretend marshmallows to roast over the fire, save the leftover cotton balls to make these cotton ball snowmen.

Coffee Filter Campfire Craft Supplies:

Empty toilet paper tubes, cotton balls, scissors, markers, craft sticks, paint brush, brown paint, spray bottle, glue, and coffee filters spread out on top of off white craft mat.

How to Make a Coffee Filter Campfire:

Start by flattening out round coffee filters. Draw on them coloring red in the center, orange in the middle and yellow at the edges. I used 3 total for a fuller look.

Round coffee filter colored with markers: red in the center, then a ring of orange, and yellow on the outer edge.

Place the colored coffee filters on a paper plate, craft mat or large zipper baggie and spray with water.

White person's hand using finger tip spray bottle to spray water on coffee filter colored with markers.

Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.

Two craft sticks, two cotton balls, a paintbrush, bottle of liquid glue, and bottle of brown paint setting out on table.

Using a separate paper plate or zippered bag, paint all sides of the craft sticks (allowing them to dry in between flipping) with brown craft paint and a paintbrush.

Toilet paper tube cut in half lengthwise and drawn on with brown marker to look like a log.

While these are drying, cut 2 toilet paper tubes in half (for a total of 4 pieces). Draw on them on the outer sides (upside down U shape) with a variety of squiggles and lines to look like tree bark.

Cutting slit into cardboard tube log.

Make 1” cuts into one side of 2 of the “logs”.

Once your coffee filter is dry, fold it in half and then in half again and again (3 total folds) until the bottom forms a pointed tip. 

If using multiple coffee filters, I recommend stacking them before folding and cutting.

Next, make two slightly rounded cuts that end in a tip onto the wider side (so that when you unfold it, it looks like flames).

Collage image showing how to fold and cut coffee filter flame for campfire.

Glue a cotton ball onto the ends of each dried craft stick. Allow to dry.

Close up view showing how to slide cut coffee filter into slit made on cardboard tub log.

Now it’s time to assemble your campfire! Gently unfold your cut coffee filter “fire” and slide two of the folds into the cuts in the toilet paper tubes.

Side view of coffee filter and cardboard tube campfire assembled together.

Arrange these on top of your other toilet paper “logs” to form an X shape. Use small dabs of glue to help hold in place, if needed.

Once everything is dry, enjoy endless amounts of fun pretending to roast “marshmallows” over your campfire craft! 

Helpful tip: this entire craft fits on a standard paper plate for easy transport.

Campfire craft made with orange coffee filter flames and tp tube logs with cotton balls on brown craft sticks to make marshmallows leaning against the campfire.

More Coffee Filter Crafts:

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Coffee Filter Campfire Craft

Coffee Filter Campfire Craft

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5 or less

Make this cute coffee filter campfire craft for kids to spark their creativity and encourage pretend play at the same time.

Materials

  • 2 Toilet Paper Tubes
  • 3 Round White Coffee Filters
  • Washable Markers – Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red
  • Liquid Glue
  • Brown Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Craft Sticks
  • Jumbo Cotton Balls

Tools

  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Water Spray Bottle (for color blending)
  • Paper Plate, Zippered Baggie or Craft mat

Instructions

  1. Start by flattening out round coffee filters. Draw on them coloring red in the center, orange in the middle and yellow at the edges. I used 3 total for a fuller look.
  2. Place the colored coffee filters on a paper plate, craft mat or large zipper baggie and spray with water. Have fun watching the magic of the colors move and blend! Set aside to dry.
  3. Using a separate paper plate or zippered bag, paint all sides of the craft sticks (allowing them to dry in between flipping) with brown craft paint and a paintbrush.
  4. While these are drying, cut 2 toilet paper tubes in half (for a total of 4 pieces). Draw on them on the outer sides (upside down U shape) with a variety of squiggles and lines to look like tree bark.
  5. Make 1” cuts into one side of 2 of the “logs”.
  6. Once your coffee filter is dry, fold it in half and then in half again and again (3 total folds) until the bottom forms a pointed tip. 
  7. If using multiple coffee filters, I recommend stacking them before folding and cutting.
  8. Next, make two slightly rounded cuts that end in a tip onto the wider side (so that when you unfold it, it looks like flames).
  9. Glue a cotton ball onto the ends of each dried craft stick. Allow to dry.
  10. Now it’s time to assemble your campfire! Gently unfold your cut coffee filter “fire” and slide two of the folds into the cuts in the toilet paper tubes. Arrange these on top of your other toilet paper “logs” to form an X shape. Use small dabs of glue to help hold in place, if needed.
  11. Once everything is dry, enjoy endless amounts of fun pretending to roast “marshmallows” over your campfire craft! 
  12. Helpful tip: this entire craft fits on a standard paper plate for easy transport.

Notes

Coffee filters bleed color because they are so thin. Placing your coffee filter on top of a piece of construction or printer paper while coloring will help protect your work surface.

Before spraying, place the coffee filters on top of a craft mat, parchment paper, zippered plastic bag, or even a paper plate before spraying.

These may require additional drying time depending on how much water is sprayed on the coffee filter during the blending stage.

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