We’ve all got them, paper towel rolls. This 4th of July craft turns those ugly cardboard rolls into bright fireworks for the 4th! Most of the supplies for these you are likely to already have on hand from other kid crafts. The only thing I had to go hunting for was 4th of July wire garland and there is enough on the roll to make dozens of these fireworks or have left overs for other 4th of July crafts.
Paper Towel Rolls
Small Wooden Dowels about a foot long (wooden chopsticks would also work)
Acrylic Paints in Red and Blue
4th of July Wire Garland
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
UV Sealant Spray
Paper Towel Roll Fireworks Instructions
Making the Firework Body
- Cut the paper towel rolls into two pieces. Not quite in half but close.
- Paint the longer piece of the roll in either red or blue (it may take two coats of paint).
- Once dry, use the hot glue and glue a dowel (or chopstick) inside the cone to create the stick.
Making the Cone
- On the shorter piece, make a cut vertically so that the roll has a slit all the way down the long edge.
- Now pull the edges around to form the largest cone you can. There will be lots of scrap below the edge, don’t worry about that.
- Use the glue gun and glue the cone into shape.
- Trim off the excess cardboard and even up the bottom rounded edge of the cone.
- Paint the cone in either red or blue (it may take two coats of paint).
Putting it All Together
- Glue the cone onto the top of the firework.
- Use the UV spray to coat the firework, sprinkling with glitter before the sealant dries. This will make the color brighter and is an easy way to add the glitter without a lot of sticky glue on the firework itself.
- Cut 6 to 8 pieces of wire garland each about 4 inches long.
- Use the hot glue to attach these pieces inside the roll, evenly spaced around the bottom edge.
Enjoy! Your paper towel roll firework is now complete! Repeat as needed to use up all the paper towel rolls you have saved over time.
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