Now that your LED strip is flaming and sparking, it's time to add the logs to turn this project into a campfire.

Select logs and sticks with pleasing textures.  Forked sticks work great, since you want the fire to pile and hold together nicely -- weaving the forked twigs in and around each other will give your fire architecture and height, and lots of nooks and crannies for hiding the LEDs.

Pile up the logs into a sturdy and aesthetically pleasing shape, then secure them together with long deck screws.

Turn on your LED strand and put your fire on top of it.  Weave the strand in and around the logs.  You're going for indirect light as much as possible here -- if you can see the bare LEDs it will ruin the effect.  Use the logs to create artful diffusion.

Steel wool is another great diffusion medium for any spots your LED strip is still showing.

Glue the LED strip to the underside of the logs.  Silicone glue works best for this -- it's about the only thing that will stick to the silicone sleeve on the Dotstars, and it fills in gaps in the wood nicely too.

Secure the Pro Trinket to an edge of the fire where you can reach the USB port and battery jack fairly easily, and glue it in place.

Secure the switch and battery somewhere inconspicuous, and you're ready for a smoke- and spark-free hootenanny.

If you've added the LiPoly backpack and charger, you can run the fire plugged in via the USB port on the Pro Trinket, and the battery will charge the whole time it's plugged in.  Unplug it and it will run for hours on a charge -- mine lasted through the evening hours of a 4-day camping trip without needing to be recharged.

This guide was first published on Jun 29, 2016. It was last updated on Jun 29, 2016.

This page (Build the Fire) was last updated on Oct 15, 2021.

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