Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Turn Everyday items into Fun Fabulous Firecrackers

Fun Fabulous Festive Firecrackers - with Blitsy
See the instructions at Blitsy right here

How about taking some of those everyday household items  that find their way into the recycle bin and actually recycle them?   Create a fun centerpiece for your next party, picnic, or just  to get into the summer of summer.  This is a fun child friendly project as well. 

I have a step by step pictorial tutorial that you can see right here at Blisty as well as a whole bunch of photos.   

Decorate them anyway you want - I chose red, white and blue because fireworks goes with the 4th of July like chickens go with eggs, peanut butter goes with jelly, sand goes with the beach.  You git it.  They are a perfect fit.  

I created these from household items and canisters.  Oatmeal  and chip cans, cardboard towel and toilet paper tubes.  If you don't use items with canisters, ask someone to save them for you.  Or better yet, whip up a batch of oatmeal cookies for someone special.  How sweet is that?  They will never know you needed the  cannister - but they will know you are a true thoughtful gem. Everyone turns out to be a winner. 

Here are the easy instructions

Assemble your recycled packaging to transform. The items used in the tutorial are an oatmeal canister, a chip canister, a paper towel roll and two toilet paper rolls.

2.  It's best to try and strip the labels from the packaging if possible. You will have better results when painting the canisters without labels , however it is not always easy to tear off the packaging. No worries. That's why step two is important. Paint the packaging with white gesso. The gesso is a primer and will help make the paint adhere better to your project.

3. Paint the firecrackers as desired. I used traditional patriotic colors but any color will work.

4.  For two toned firecrackers or to add stripes to your firecracker, use re-positionable tape (painters tape, Washi Tape and floral tape all are wonderful options) and tape off the sections where you want to add striping.

5.  Start adding embellishments and decorations. Mix up the project a bit by adding a variety of Washi Tape. This tall firecracker also has strips of glitter paper.

6.  Die cut various star sizes and glue them here and there. Spellbinders makes a wonderful nesting type star die with sizing options.

Here are some other embellishment ideas:
sequin stars, hemp twine, bakers twine, glitter paper, Stickles, Liquid Pearls, gold twine, punches.

7.  Time to cover the tops of the firecrackers. Cut a circle from cardboard. Glue a die cut star to it.

8.  Mark off the center of the star, and punch a hole in the star. The hole will need to be big enough for your "fuse". I used the We R Memory Keepers - Big Bite Crop-A-Dile to help punch the hole.
Ideas for fuses? Hemp cording, decorative cupcake toppers, toothpick decorations, gold and silver cording - fraying the cording looks cool too.

Special Tip
To avoid fraying the cording fuse when adding it to the tops or your projects, dab some glue to the ends of the cording and twist with your fingertips. This will keep the cording perfect.

9.  Finishing canisters with plastic lids - Option 1: The oatmeal canister - The oatmeal top is plastic and acrylic paint does not adhere well to plastic. You may want to think about turning the canister upside down and decorating with the bottom facing up. You can easily punch a hole in the cardboard bottom to thread the firecracker "fuse".
You can see in the photo below that the can has been turned upside down. It actually looks very cool this way.

10.  Finishing canisters with plastic lids - Option 2: The chip can - The chip can top is plastic and acrylic paint does not adhere well to plastic. However you cannot flip this over and use the bottom because the bottom is metal - difficult to punch a hole for the fuse. So you may want to cover the plastic with some paper. You'll need a strong glue to secure the paper. You can also add trim around the edges of the lid to decorate and cover the plastic.
Next , punch a hole in the center of the lid and put fuse in the lid.
More Close Ups


Gold Glitter Washi Tape
Ranger Non-Stick craft Mat
Cardstock - red, white, blue
We R Memory Keepers - Big Bite Crop -o -dile
Spellbinders  Stars S4-092 
Washi Tape - Blue Stars
Glitter Paper
Gold cording
Martha Stewart Decorative Cupcake toppers - July 4th
Acrylic Paint -  Blue
Acrylic Paint - Red
Beacons 3 in 1 Glue

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great project! I love that you are using supplies that were destined to be trashed. I think this is one that would be great to do with a bunch of kids.