DIY Sparklers Craft
Learn how to create these fun, whimsical—and safe—sparklers for this year's Fourth of July celebrations.
Some of my earliest and happiest summer memories were made celebrating Fourth of July weekend at the Jersey shore. Being young and carefree, we spent the days on the beach, the boardwalk and riding bikes in the streets. We also enjoyed watching the grown-ups set off fireworks with other tourists in our beach cottage rental neighborhood. As kids we did the sparklers. I loved how the sparks danced across my hands and how we could write our names in the darkness of the night. Drawing upon those memories, I decided to upcycle some festive drinking straws into my own version of sparklers for this year’s Fourth of July celebration.
This is a great project for small children who want to get in on the fireworks action, but are too little to handle actual sparklers.
To make this craft you will need:
- assorted colored tulle
- string or baker’s twine
- paper straws
- washi tape
To make one sparkler, cut 30 strips of tulle in the colors of your choice each measuring 8 inches long by 1/3 of an inch wide. Next cut 20 strips of tulle in the color of your choice measuring 4 inches long by 1/3 of an inch wide. In the end, you should have 50 strips of tulle.
Center the strips of tulle on top of one another then tie a 5-inch piece of string tightly around the middle. Tie a knot in the string. Fluff up the sparkler top by separating and spreading the strips of tulle away from one another.
Next using the washi tape, tape the ends of the string that you tied around the center of the sparkler onto the straw. Pull the strings tightly.
Add a label if you like and use these sparklers as a fantastic table centerpiece, personalized place settings or for kiddo fun around the yard. They also are great for waving during your town's parade.