Certainly one of the best parts of celebrating holidays such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July is gathering to watch the summer night sky light up with fireworks. But while it's smart to leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals, you can still create your own fireworks through these fun crafts designed to add some red, white and BOOM to your backyard.
Some of these fireworks crafts make wonderful party accessories, while others can be displayed in your home along with other patriotic... decor throughout the summer.
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Paper Fireworks Banner
Turn decorative paper in various patriotic patterns into paper fans that resemble fireworks. String them together to use as bunting, hang them from the ceiling, or attach them to sticks and insert into vases full of sand.
Project Source for Paper Fireworks Banner: Landee See Landee Do
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Turn inexpensive glass vases from the dollar store into cute vessels by applying vinyl dots in the shape of fireworks. (You could also use glass paint to achieve a similar look.) Use these vases to hold flowers or party snacks such as pretzel rods and crudites. They'd also make a handy spot to display boxes of sparklers for party guests.
Project Source for Fireworks Vases: The Love Nerds
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Here's another way to use inexpensive glass vases. Wrap cylindrical vases with washi tape in various red, white and blue patterns, then insert a pre-made centerpiece from the craft or party supply store to give it more "pop!"
Project Source for Firecracker Centerpiece: Michael's
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Craft a centerpiece with Fourth of July flair by turning simple blocks of wood into a set of firecrackers.
Project Source for Firecracker Blocks: Making of a MomContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Dress your picnic table for a backyard soiree with this patriotic tablecloth. The design was created by using a permanent marker and rubbing alcohol to create fireworks that have a watercolor effect. Make a smaller version of this project by using cloth napkins instead.
Project Source for Fireworks Tablecloth: Hometalk
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Fireworks Chalkboard Art
The black background of a chalkboard mimics the night sky, making it the perfect surface on which to draw bright bursts of color. Use a sign like this one as a festive way to welcome guests to a party, or just as a piece of seasonal art.
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Fireworks Table Runner
Use fabric paint to create a whimsical pattern of fireworks on a plain table runner. Layer it over a red or blue tablecloth and add fresh flowers for a simple yet stunning table for the Fourth.
Learn the tips and tricks for mixing and matching red, white and blue home accessories for a look you can use year-round.
Project Source for Fireworks Table Runner: Let's Mingle
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An assortment of pillar candles and even a few toilet paper tubes masquerade as firecrackers when wrapped with decorative paper. Use this hair-dryer technique for dressing your candles in red, white and blue.
Project Source for Firecracker Candles: Penny's MiscellanyContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Tinsly pipe cleaners and fishing wire come together to create fireworks that float in the air. This mobile makes a great party decoration to hang over a buffet table.
Project Source for Fireworks Mobile: The Merry Thought
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