Nothing says summer time like fireworks! Bursting with color and sparkle, they make a summer get together complete! A neighbor popped some fireworks for Memorial Day and my little guy sat with his face pressed to the glass naming off the colors as they exploded in the night sky so I can’t wait for the rest of the summer to enjoy them at least a few more times together. I decided it would be a fun summer craft to make some “firecrackers” to pair with the patriotic votives I made to decorate our tables for BBQ’s and get togethers this season.
These cute patriotic firecrackers would look great on a mantle or a picnic table and are made with 99 cent blocks, 50 cent sheets of scrapbook paper and sparklers from the kids’ craft section.
To Get Your Craft On You Will Need:
- 3 unfinished wooden blocks for each firecracker you make
- 1 sheet of scrapbook paper for each firecracker
- Spray paint or craft paint
- Mod Podge
- Sponge for Mod Podge
- Hot glue or wood glue
- Craft scissors
- Kids’ sparkler
To Get Your Craft On Do This:
- With your hot glue or wood glue, glue the 3 blocks into a tower. I just outlined the top of two of the blocks and stacked them together.
- Paint your blocks. This can be done with either spray paint or craft paint.I did one with Krylon spray paint in red and blue.
- Once the paint is dry, lay the firecracker down on the scrapbook paper and trace the outline of the block 4 times (0ne for each side). (This step is not in the pictorial so I apologize- it pays to take more than one photo in case the one you took is terrible!) I chose 2 patterns of vintage American paper.
- Using your craft scissors cut out the four outlines of the firecracker on your scrapbook paper. Regular scissors would work but I find the craft scissors more forgiving than trying to get a perfect edge and the tattered edge gives it an aged “Americana” look.
- Mod podge the paper rectangles to the 4 edges of the firecracker. I used one coat of mod podge on the back of the paper to adhere it to the firecracker and one coat on the front to seal it.
- Snip of the handle of your kids’ craft sparkler until there is about 3/4 inch left.
- Add a dab of hot glue to the top of the firecracker. Stand the sparkler in the hot glue to complete your firecracker.
These firecrackers turned out so colorful and fun! They took less than a half hour to make and best of all the project cost was less than $5 each. They blend in perfectly with my store bought Americana style patriotic decorations and will look great on our summer tables as we get together for real firecrackers!