Monday, June 30, 2014

Exploding Firecrackers

I admit to being a little fascinated with explosives, and the 4th of July is an irresistible holiday.

I may have gotten a bit carried away in past years....

.....but honestly

 I'm getting a little old to be running for cover when the cops
 finally track down the street that the illegal fireworks are coming from.

So, this year I came up with something a little safer,

"Exploding Firecracker Display"

Start by making the firecrackers.  Gather an assortment of patriotic papers and cut into 3 " squares.  Cut coordinating circle tops.  The end of a large spool of thread is a perfect size to draw your circles.  Cut a slit half way through the circle.

I used white and silver curling ribbon for the smoke trails.  Cut to various lengths, then curl.  Shred with a ribbon shredder to make it more wispy.

Tape the ribbon to the bottom of a square and glue wire to the back.  
A 22 gauge wire has just the right amount of boing!!

Roll up the paper fairly tight and glue down with another line of hot glue.

Pull the cut ends of the circle together to form a cone and glue to hold.
Put more glue on the end to attach the cone to the top.  They go together quickly so make a bunch.

These little firecrackers are ready for action!!

To assemble the centerpiece, start with a glass container and fill the bottom with clear rocks.  This will give you a place to hide the end of the cord and also give support to the wires.

Add a string of lights to the container.  I used red and blue star lights but just plain white Christmas lights would work too.  Be sure to tuck a few lights into the rocks to give a glow and have a few pop over the top.

Then gather up the firecracker wires and twist the ends together for support.  Place down into the rocks and position them around in a crazy random pattern.

Don't forget to add a dud to the jar for a touch of reality.

Of course things really get explosive when it gets a little dark outside.

There you have it, all the sizzle of fireworks matches required. 

 (They are a lot quieter too.)

Have a fun and safe holiday!


  1. Hi Lynn! Glad to see you here today. :) Your exploding firecrackers are so cute and much safer than the real thing.

  2. What a cute idea for the Fourth!

  3. Hi Lynn,
    Nice to see you back :)
    Cute display, and thanks for the tutorial also. We are lucky .. we get to celebrate the 4th of July, and then the Pioneer Day on the 24th. Yay.. you can enjoy your exploding fireworks for a while :)


  4. That's so fun! I am a huge pyromaniac and love the holiday for that reason too!!

  5. What a fun display! I love how it looks all lit up- would make a fantastic centerpiece!

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