The children in The Thicket always look forward to the approaching summer months. This means the days themselves grow like weeds, with more hours of daylight allowing for more hours of fun. But this also means, that at the close of the day, the wee ones are often allowed to sit around the campfire with their elders, and hear tales as old as The Thicket itself. There are tales of extreme heroics, tales of warning, tales of wild shenanigans, and their very favorite, tales of the unexplained, and often spooky, happenings in The Thicket. Often they fall asleep while listening and mysteriously find themselves safely tucked in their beds come the morning.
Making your own campfire is very easy and an important mainstay in the life of your gnome.
WARNING: There are small pieces in this project which can be a choking hazard. Not for children under 3 years of age or children that are likely to place small objects in their mouth.
1/8″ Masonite or dense cardboard
raffia, small wood shavings, or dried grass
red food coloring
1] Cut out a 4″ circle from 1/8″ Masonite using a scroll saw or by hand with a coping saw. You may also use thick cardboard. It must to dense enough to support the weight of the rocks.
2] Place a thick bead of crafting glue around the edge of the circle. Note: I originally used hot glue but the pebbles fell off over time. I found the crafting glue held them in place much better.
3] Fit a ring of pebbles in the glue, pressing them in place. Add additional glue around the rocks to insure a tight connection. The glue will dry clear.
4] When the rocks have thoroughly dried, cover the entire bottom of the circle with glue.
5] Sprinkle coffee grounds on the glue, making sure you have good coverage. Let dry. When dry, turn the campfire over and gently shake to remove loose grounds.
6] Build a fire by breaking thin twigs to size. Generously use crafting glue to hold together.
7] Before the glue dries, cut grass, wood shavings or raffia into small pieces and dye with red food coloring to make flames.
8] Sprinkle “flames” on campfire. They will adhere to the wet glue.
9] When the glue has thoroughly dried, turn it upside down and gently shake to remove loose flames. You are now ready to gather the gnomes around the campfire and begin spinning tales!
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