How to Create a Fake Firework

Updated February 21, 2017

Fireworks entertain and amaze people all across the world. There are many types of fireworks, but the style many people are familiar with are rockets. You can make your own fake firework rockets quite easily. This project is a fun craft to do with your children around the 4th of July. They can bring their rockets with them to a real fireworks show and pretend that they are firing the real thing.

Place a paper towel tube onto a sheet of cardboard. Trace a matching circle onto the cardboard with a pencil, then cut it out with a pair of scissors.

Cut a 3-inch piece of green string. Glue one end inside of the paper towel tube to simulate a fuse.

Glue the cardboard circle 1/4-inch inside the fuse end of the tube, plugging that end.

Glue a 12-inch piece of 1/4-inch wooden dowel to the fuse end of the tube. Only three inches of the dowel should be in contact with the tube, with the rest extending below it.

Wrap a piece of construction paper around the tube, securing it in place with glue or double-sided tape.

Glue the same colour of construction paper to both sides of a thin sheet of cardboard. An old cereal box works well for this.

Cut a 4-inch circle out of the covered cardboard, then cut a slit from the edge to the centre.

Curve the circle into a cone, overlapping the sides of the slit.

Glue the cardboard into the cone shape, then glue the cone to the top of the tube.

Decorate the "firework" as desired with markers, glitter and other art supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel tube
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Green string
  • Glue
  • Dowel
  • Construction paper
  • Double-sided tape (optional)
  • Art supplies
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Alex Smith began writing in 2006 and brings a combination of education and humor to various websites. He holds a Master of Arts in theater and works as a professional makeup and special-effects artist.