DIY Paper Fireworks Craft
Introducing my DIY paper fireworks centerpiece! You can make this festive 4th of July decor in 30 minutes from card stock. I got this idea after playing around with the Martha Stewart fringe cutter tool. It fringes a piece of card stock in seconds and when rolled up and glued to a dowel it makes these cool “fireworks” that look great displayed in a vase! Don’t have a fringe cutter? No problem! You can make these just as easily with a ruler and pair of scissors.
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Each firework requires just two pieces of card stock in different combinations of red, blue, and white. I varied the length of the dowels to make the fireworks stand at different heights in the arrangement similar to how they look when they are bursting in the sky!
Supplies for DIY Paper Fireworks Centerpiece
- Martha Stewart Fringe Cutter Tool (Update: these are hard to find these days, but you can also use a slotted ruler like this, or just a regular ruler and pair of scissors!)
- Patriotic Card Stock (red, white, and blue)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Dowels or Straws
How to Make DIY Paper Fireworks Decor
Step 1. Measure 1/2″ fringes
Place a sheet of card stock horizontally paper along the fringe cutter, aligning the edge with the 1/2″ mark.
Step 2. Create fringes 6-8″ long
Close the top of the fringe cutting tool and adjust the top bar to the size of fringe you want. I varied my length between 6″-8″ for each firework, using a longer fringe for the outer layer and a shorter fringe for the inner layer. But keeping the fringe all the same length would work just fine too!
Starting from the top, press down firmly on the cutting bar and pull it down to the end of the card stock. This will cut the fringe!
Continue the fringe all along the paper by aligning the last cut edge with the 1/2″ mark and repeating the process. Once you get it down you can fringe a piece of paper in a matter of seconds!
Step 3: Repeat with multiple colors of paper
Once you have fringed one piece of card stock, repeat the process with a second piece in a different color.
Step 4: Roll up the fringed cardstock
Stack the two pieces of fringed card stock on top of each other and begin to roll them, trying to make a tight roll as you go (the thick card stock will prevent you from rolling it too tightly but that is fine).
Step 5. Add Glue to Hold
Secure the roll with a dab of hot glue on the base.
Step 6: Fan out the fireworks
To get the fireworks look you’ll want to fan out the fringe. I found turning it over and pressing it down on the table worked well.
You can use your fingers to further fan out and separate the fringe.
Step 7. Glue paper firework to a dowel
Once you’ve made several fireworks, arrange them in a vase.