Friday, June 27, 2014

DIY-Decorative 4th of July Firecrackers!

I am really a crafty person at heart, or at least I enjoy doing them. You would never know that through my blog as I seem to have been in a beauty related high over the last few months. So, I thought it was about time to put up a craft project!

As we are nearing Indepence Day, I thought it was only apporpriate to do an Americana themed craft. When thoughts of "what is something 'festive' I can make?" came over me, the first thing that came to mind was fireworks! I LOVE fireworks and I probably developed my love for fireworks from Dad who always made it a point to make the 4th of July so special and fun.

I also realized quickly that I wanted to make my own craft and not rely on store bought products or other ideas out on the internet. I really wanted to think of this on my own. Now I'm sure I'm not the only one who has ever thought of this, but this came straight from my little ole brain!!

When thinking "how can I make a festive firecracker?" I immediately thought of toilet paper rolls and papertowel rolls wrapped in adorable scrapbook paper and decorated with the 4th of July theme.

This is what my vision came to be:

This was only my first attempt, and in hindsight I would probably have done a few things different. I would have used a stronger adhesive as the adhesive I used didn't hold up to the task at hand and my paper was peeling off! I also would have trimmed the paper towel rolls down to smaller sizes, even some smaller than the toilet paper rolls. Finally, I would have purchased a few more star garland things (I don't know what they are actually called), that way each firecracker could have a little bit more pazazz and not look so sparse. 

Needless to say, this was really fun to do and I am overall pleased with it.

How to Make the Firecrackers

What You Will Need:
  1. Paper Towel Rolls and/or Toilet Paper Rolls (As many as you would like for firecrackers)
  2. Scrapbook paper (Different reds/whites/blues. You can also opt for fabrics or any other materials of your choosing. I liked scrapbook paper.)
  3. Ribbons (I used red and cream ribbons)
  4. Twine (To tie your bundle together)
  5. Garland (I got mine at Hobby Lobby, I only used 2 bundles, but would suggest 3 or more)
  6. Scissors and/or Paper Trimmer (To cut scrapbook papers and ribbon)
  7. Adhesive (I used scrapbooking adhesive. I would recommend hot glue or mod podge, just something a little stronger)
  8. Any other items to decorate (Glitter, rhinestones, buttons, etc)
Putting It Together:

  1. I first measured out how much paper it would take to wrap around the rolls. I figured it was around 4.5". This may vary depending on your rolls, so I would suggest you measure it first.
  2. Then I took a bunch of different patterened papers and cut them into various sized strips. I really didn't want them to be the same size, so I tried all different sizes.
  3. Once all the strips were cut to approx. 4.5"x1.5" or 4.5"x3" etc (whatever sizes you'd like), then I just wrapped them around the roll and secured it using scrapbook adhesive. I found that this came apart quickly, so I would suggest hot glue, mod podge, or a stronger adhesive!
  4. Once your roll is covered top to bottom in different scraps of paper then you can start decorating them. I used ribbon to give it texture, but you can glue on rhinestones, buttons, bits of garlands, or whatever else you desire.
  5. Once your have decorated the amount of rolls you would like, you can start to bundle them with twine. I took a few arms length strands and wrapped it around the stack of firecrackers and tied it down in a knot. Then trimmed off the excess to a neat and tidy knot.
  6. Then I took the star garland (I'm not entirely sure that is what is called) and pulled it apart and just taped a few strands inside each of the rolls. I would have preferred to have more full rolls, but I only purchased 2 bundles of this garland stuff thinking it would be plenty. I would suggest a 3rd or even 4th bundle.

Alternative Way to Finish the Firecracker:

If you don't like the bright garland look, you can simply trim a piece of scrapbook paper and place over the top of the firecracker and adhere it. Then you can take some thick wire (I would choose a rustic looking wire) and then poke it through to look like the fuse. You can even curl the wire by wrapping it around your finger or even a pencil.

It was pretty simple to make and would make a nice, festive addition to your Independence Day themed decorations!

I hope you liked this craft idea! If you decide to recreate it, please include a picture so I can see how it turned out!!


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