A super simple campfire craft activity.
What you'll need
- long sticks
- wire cutters
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Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- leave no trace
- source of wire - source some scrap wire
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- fire safety
- using tools
- using long sticks
Step #1 Create a card shape
Choose a simple shape to draw a template on the cardboard. We drew around a star-shaped cookie cutter.
When you are happy with it cut out the shape.
Step #2 Wrap wire around the card shape
Choose wire that is easy to work with but not too soft as you need it to hold its shape. Bend the tip of the wire over to avoid a sharp end.
Wrap the wire around the shape. Bear in mind what shape will be left in the wire structure once the cardboard has burnt away. For example, if you are creating a star shape make sure you go over the tips of the star to create the points.
Leave a long tail for securing to your stick.
Step #3 Attach the wire shape to the stick
When you have finished wrapping the wire around the card shape, leave a long tail so you can wrap the wire around the top of a stick to secure it.
Step #4 Burn the cardboard away
Hold the wire shape over the fire and burn out the cardboard. When the card goes grey you can shake out the ash and you are left with the wire frame.
Leave the wire to cool before handling it, then you can do a bit of re-shaping if needed. You could dunk the hot wire into a bucket of cold water and listen to the steamy sizzle as it quickly cools.
Keep the end of the stick out of the flame if you can, so it doesn't burn.
Take it further
You could leave the shape on the stick or remove it and use it as a decoration, or make several shapes and string them up to make bunting.
Try carefully inserting leaves or other natural materials inside the wire frame without bending it out of shape.
Try using cookie cutter number or letter shapes to draw around to make your starting shape.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.