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. 

Fabric sparklers are displayed in a mason jar.

Make These Tulle Sparklers

Create these whimsical sparklers for your Fourth of July celebration.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

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.

Supplies are laid out on the table.

Supplies for DIY Sparklers

Gather your supplies to make your very own sparklers.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

To make this craft you will need:

  • assorted colored tulle
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • string or baker’s twine
  • paper straws
  • washi tape
Tulle strips of fabric are ready to be tied in the center with string.

Assemble the Sparkler

Stack up the strips of tulle and tie them together with string in the center to form the sparkler top.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

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.

The sparkler top is attached to the straw with washi tape.

Attaching the Sparkler to the Straw

Next add the sparkler top to the paper straw with washi tape.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

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.

A finished sparkler tops a plate and marks Mom's spot at the table.

Use the Sparklers for Personalized Place Settings

Use these whimsical sparklers as place settings for your guests.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

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.

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