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How to Make a Firework Model

Updated April 17, 2017

The holiday most known for fireworks is the Fourth of July. Many people have parties and socialise with friends and family while setting off fireworks. Make firework models to sit out around the food or to use as place settings for your guests. They can be used as decor only or can be filled with treats. Build a firework model for a child's science fair project or as an afternoon craft project to do with the kids. It is simple enough for a child to complete on his own, and does not use scissors.

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  1. Take a red, blue or white sheet of construction paper. Fold the construction paper in half. Curve the paper so that the ends touch and create a cylinder. Glue or tape the ends together so the cylinder will stand up on its own. Make the cylinder as wide or as skinny as you would like.

  2. Draw or sketch on the cylinder. Leave the shape plain or dress it up with markers. Write the words "Boom" or "Happy 4th of July" around the paper. Add embellishments such as sequins or coloured paper to the cylinder. Attach star stickers in red, white, and blue or use the stickers to make a word.

  3. Grab various colours of pipe cleaners. Give the impression of the coloured stream of a firework going up into the sky with these pipe cleaners. Twist them into curly cues or curves upward. Have them going all different directions. Attach the bottom of the pipe cleaners to the inside back of the cylinder with glue. Make sure the pipe cleaners stick up high out of the cylinder.

  4. Attach a grey, black, or dark blue sheet of construction paper to the cylinder. This construction paper should be vertical to appear as if the fireworks are against a sky. Do not completely encircle the cylinder. Draw fireworks on the construction paper or leave it empty.

  5. Glue or tape ribbons to the tops of some of the pipe cleaners. If necessary, attach them to the black construction paper as well. Use ribbons or bows that adorn presents to create a burst of colour and sparkle. These are the actual fireworks. Use several different colours and styles to create the illusion of separate fireworks. Fill the cylinder with tissue paper or candy, if desired.

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Things You'll Need

  • Construction paper
  • Glue or tape
  • Pens or markers
  • Embellishments
  • Coloured pipe cleaners
  • Ribbons or bows

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