Kids you can play with fire and eat all the s’mores you want! Wood food and toys are hands down one of my favorite projects to make and this play campfire just shot to the top of the list. Ana White and I share gift build project plans every Friday before Christmas as part of the Handbuilt Holiday series and today is a diy play campfire complete with s’mores.
Make a campfire indoors with this fun and easy DIY play campfire made from scrap wood. Another awesome gift plan from Ana White.
Like most small scale wood projects this campfire can be made from scraps you probably already have on hand.
A portable campfire that won’t burn you or your kids – yes please! This would be a great addition to a kids teepee or tent set up.
Ana has the plans here. Be sure to read through entirely before beginning. The fire layers require a little creative zest to make the licking flames but there’s no right or wrong. Sketch them out with a pencil and and follow the lines with a jig saw, the more curves and points the more realistic the fire.
- 3/4″ and 1/4″ plywood scraps
- 2 x 3 stud
- 2 x 2 scrap board (smores)
- 1/4″ dowels
- acrylic paints
The campfire is made up of 2 large flames attached to stud bases. Each flame has 3 pieces: a front, middle and back. The front and back are mirror images of each other. One piece of flame is larger than the other, the smaller piece will sit under the larger piece.
The flames attach to the 2×3 stud using pocket holes. Make pocket holes on both sides of the flame and be sure to hide them behind the front and back yellow 1/4″ plywood pieces.
I couldn’t help myself and just had to add the s’more treats, how can you resist?
I cut thin slices of 2×2 for the graham crackers, a thicker slice for the marshmallow and sanded it down on the belt sander for a really rounded marshmallowy look. The chocolate piece is wide lattice scrap. Paint all the pieces and assemble using wood glue and a few finish nails. Drill a hole in the center, not all the way through, for the dowel roasting stick and insert. The s’mores are not glued onto the sticks so they can come off and be eaten 🙂 naturally.
The campfire pieces interlock for effect but are very sturdy and can stand up on their own. Make sure your jigsaw / bandsaw / scroll saw has a fresh, sharp blade to get nice flame edges.
Thanks for joining Ana and I these past 11 weeks of the Handbuilt Holiday series. Stay tuned, we still have one more cuter than cute wood gift plan to share next Friday!