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Art & Creating


A campfire craft activity that is quick and fun to do and you can be as creative as you like!

We chose a star shape to make this a Christmassy activity but you could use any shape(s) at any time of year!

What you'll need

  • campfire
  • long sticks
  • wire
  • wire cutters
  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • pen/pencil

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Environmental Considerations

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
  • fire
  • 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
Art & Creating

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.

Art & Creating

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.

Art & Creating

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.

Top tip

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.

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