DIY Paper Fireworks Centerpiece

June 20, 2016 | FILED UNDER: Paper, 4th of July

Make this simple fireworks centerpiece with fringed card stock - perfect for 4th of July party decor!

I hope you enjoyed all the patriotic craft ideas last week and got plenty of inspiration for the 4th of July! I have one last idea for you for my latest 12 Months of Martha project – a festive fireworks centerpiece that you can make 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! Read on to see how easy they are to make.

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Each firework requires just two pieces of card stock in different combinations of red, blue, and white.

DIY paper fireworks - made with a fringe cutter. So cool!

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!

DIY fireworks bouquet - a patriotic 4th of July decoration you can make from paper!


Supplies for DIY Paper Fireworks Centerpiece



Supplies for DIY paper fireworks centerpiece


How to Make DIY Paper Fireworks Centerpiece

1. Place a sheet of card stock horizontally paper along the fringe cutter, aligning the edge with the 1/2″ mark.

How to use the Martha Stewart fringe cutter tool

2. 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!

How to use the Martha Stewart fringe cutter tool

3. 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!

How to use the Martha Stewart fringe cutter tool

4. 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!

How to use the Martha Stewart fringe cutter tool
5. Once you have fringed one piece of card stock, repeat the process with a second piece in a different color.


How to use the Martha Stewart fringe cutter tool

6. 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).

How to make paper fireworks from fringed card stock

7. Secure the roll with a dab of hot glue on the base.

How to make paper fireworks

8. 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.

How to make paper fireworks

You can use your fingers to further fan out and separate the fringe.

Paper fireworks from fringed card stock!


9. Add a dab of hot glue to the top of a dowel or a paper straw and insert into the base of the firework. You can cut them to different lengths to create different heights of fireworks for your centerpiece.


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10. Once you’ve made several fireworks, arrange them in a vase.
How to make a fireworks centerpiece
4th of July fireworks centerpiece
This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Omnimedia as part of the 12 Months of Martha program.

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