Patriotic crafts are such fun! They work perfectly for 4th of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and even Flag Day! These fun fireworks will brighten up your mantle or tablescape, and you can make them using nothing more than wood scraps. So, let’s get started!
For this project, you need some pieces of 2×4 wood. I made mine 4”, 6” and 8”, but they do not have to be exact. Make three sizes that work well for your space. I used an old, weathered piece of 2×4 that was laying in my garage, and that works just fine! Sand all three of your pieces to smooth them out a bit. Then, using a ruler and a small knife or exacto blade, measure down 2” from the top of each piece of wood and scribe a line into the wood, going all the way around the entire piece. You can also draw this line with a pencil, but doing it this way means you do not have a pencil line that may show through your paint later…plus it gives it a bit of a primitive, rustic appearance. Now, using that same ruler and exacto knife, scribe three lines going down the front of each piece. These will be slightly wider than one inch….I usually just guesstimate, because again, these don’t need to be perfect. These lines only need to be done on the front, flat surface of each piece. As you can see in the picture above, mine are slightly squiggly and jagged…and that is perfectly okay!
Next, using regular acrylic craft paint, you are going to paint the center stripe on each piece white. Stay between the lines as much as possible. I like to thin my paint with a little bit of water to make it almost like a stain…or watercolor effect, but you can do it however you like. After you finish the white stripes, paint the entire top section blue. Go all the way around every piece, and paint right up to the horizontal lines you made around the boards.
Now, it is time to paint the red stripes. With your red paint, paint the remaining two stripes on the front of each piece, as well as the sides and bottom back of each piece. At this point, every bit of the wood should have paint on it except for the very bottom. I leave the bottom of mine plain because nobody ever sees it anyway…plus I don’t have to worry about paint getting on my furniture or my white mantle.
Next, take a piece of medium grit sandpaper and scuff up all the edges and flat surfaces of every piece of wood. There is no right or wrong with this part…..Do it as much or as little as you like.
Once you have scuffed everything up, draw a 5-point star on the front of each board, paint it white and let it dry. While it is drying, cut three pieces of small rope into 2” lengths and set aside. Once the star dries, scuff it up with sandpaper, and dust the pieces off to remove sawdust, etc. Now, drill a hole in the top of each board that is the same size as the rope you have chosen. The hole only needs to be 1/2” deep. Squirt a little bit of hot glue into the hole and push the rope into the holes.
And that’s it! You are done! How cute are these fun firecrackers? I love the primitive, rustic look, and the fact that I can use them several times a year. I also love the fact that they are made mainly from scraps, so they cost next to nothing! For another fun patriotic craft, check out my DIY Patriotic Flag Decor.
These are perfect for your mantle, sofa table, table decor, etc. Use them any way you like! Make a couple of sets and dress up your whole house this holiday! Have fun!
“Laughter is the fireworks of the soul.” – John Billings
Salty kisses and sandy hugs! xoxo – Michele
- 1 piece of 2x4, cut to 8" in length
- 1 piece of 2x4, cut to 6" in length
- 1 piece of 2x4, cut to 4" in length
- 1 6" piece of ¼" wide rope, cut into 3 2" pieces
- Red acrylic craft paint
- White acrylic craft paint
- Blue acrylic craft paint
- Exacto Knife or pocket knife
- Cut your 2x4 pieces to 4", 6" and 8" in length
- Sand all surfaces of each piece of wood
- Measure 2" down from top of each piece, and scribe a line all the way around each piece of wood using a ruler and exacto blade
- Scribe two lines down front of each piece slightly wider than 1" apart (Will make 3 stripes)
- Paint center stripe on each piece of wood white
- Paint entire top section blue, including back and sides
- Paint two remaining front stripes red on each piece of wood
- Paint bottom sides and back red
- When completely dry, scuff all edges and flat surfaces with sandpaper to give aged look
- Draw 5-point star in blue section of each piece
- Paint stars white and let dry
- Scuff stars with sandpaper
- Drill ¼" hole in top of each piece (or whatever size your rope is)
- Squirt small amount of hot glue into hole and insert rope