Friday, October 19, 2012

Me Make Fire! Arrghh!

I had a very neanderthal moment earlier this week where I felt quite advanced because I, Rebekah Jane CountryMouse, made fire.

What's the big deal you ask?   With the flick of a lighter we can pretty much all do that these days.  No no no, I made kid-friendly fire.  Because what is a Camp Out without a campfire?  Matt and I went back and forth about how to have a little fire here for the party, and - well - we came to the conclusion that three year olds just can't be trusted with an open flame.

I know.  It's pretty cute, right?  I am kicking myself for not taking in progress pictures, but it was one of those crafts where I finally had a few spare minutes from the boys and I was on a roll with the creativity, you know?  You just don't mess with that.

If you haven't worked with felt before, you should give it a try, it is seriously one of the easiest things to make kid stuff from, and it is cheap, cheap, cheap.  (You can see my felt Easter eggs here).  You do NOT need to be a fabulous seamstress to do this.  I am a disaster with a needle and thread, and I managed.  I only made myself bleed once!

Also - my dog adores it.  He basks in it's warmth.
The price breakdown comes to - are you ready for this? - a whopping  five dollars!  Sheets of felt are 3/$1 at Ben Franklin Crafts, and I used 4 red, 2 yellow (they were out of orange) 3 brown, and 6 gray. 

The fire is made with four red sheets, cut in an identical flame pattern, then sewed edge to edge in a square shape.  I then sewed on the yellow flame (NOTE: I should have done this first, it was a pain in the butt). Then I realized I forgot to buy any stuffing, so I ripped open an old pillow and used that.  It worked.  Once it was stuffed I used a fishing line to sew down the middle to give it enough support to stand on it's own.  Because I am planning on letting littles play with it, I didn't want to put anything like wire in it that they could potentially hurt themselves with. Then I just sewed the bottom shut.  It was incredibly easy, it just took a little tweaking to figure out exactly how to do it.

The "logs' are toilet paper tubes.  I sewed felt to fit over it like a little sleeve, then stuffed the tube with stuffing to make it a little more sturdy, and then just closed it up with a brown circle of felt.

The "rocks" were the easiest part.  I cut a large oval, did a large running stitch around the edge, plopped in a wad of stuffing and pulled it tight.

Seriously the whole thing took maybe an hour and a half, with breaks to wrangle my children.
I love that in all my pictures there is always a stray something in the background.  Today it is a gourd.  Of course it is!

So there you have it.  WOMAN MAKE FIRE! Jack hasn't seen the finished product yet, so I am excited to get his reaction to a little campfire he and his buddies can play with at his party!

What do you think?  It is passable as a campfire right?

16 comments:

  1. You rock, how very creative, he is going to remember this forever.

    I wish we had thought of this when we had little ones around.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    1. Thanks Jen! I cant wait for him to see it, I think he will be really excited!

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  2. wow the fake fire is really cute. your dog on the other hand looks like he is not impressed

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    1. Haha he usually runs from the camera so that is actually pretty good for him!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I am totally excited over the outcome! Kid stuff makes me happy

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  4. I'm so impressed! It came out great!!

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  5. Impressive! I may steal this in the future. Good job mama!

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  6. Wow, that is amazing! And for 5 bucks? It looks like something you'd buy for at least 20!

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    1. Thanks!! I definitely cant complain about the price!

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  7. I love this! You should sell them on etsy! I'd have loved a felt campfire when I was little ...

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  8. I am going to use this with my Cub Scouts! This is a great idea for preparing the little ones for overnight camping trips.

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  9. This looks amazing! I am totally jealous of your craftiness :P

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