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Archive for May 2011

Nothing says Memorial Day (or the 4th of July) like the colors red, white and blue. To show your holiday spirit you can make these easy and fun patriotic paper sparklers to use as centerpieces at your family BBQ! This is a good beginner project that anyone can do!

Things You will Need:

  • Red, white and blue construction paper
  • Toilet paper rolls (one per sparkler)
  • Silver paint
  • A paint brush
  • A star-shaped stamp
  • Crayons (optional)
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: Roll a piece of blue construction paper around the toilet paper roll, mark it with a pencil and cut it out. At this point you’ll want to add any decoration using your crayons.

Step 2: Wrap the piece of construction paper around the toilet paper roll and secure it with glue. Set it aside to dry.

Step 3: While the toilet paper roll is drying stamp out some stars with the silver paint on white paper. Set it aside to dry.

Step 4: While the paint is drying cut several strips of red and white paper. Make the strips all different sizes from wide to skinny.

Step 5: Wrap some of the strips around your pencil to make them curly. There is no need to curl the entire strip as some of it will be hidden!

Step 6: Glue several strips to the toilet paper roll. You’ll want to glue them on the inside with the curly ends sticking out the top. Mix it up and make some curly and some straight.

Step 7: Once the stars have dried you want to cut them out. You will then glue them to the ends of some of the strips of curled paper. I’ve also added a few as decoration to the base of the sparkler.

Congratulations! You have made a patriotic paper sparkler to add some spark to your holiday parties! Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to post comments and photos in the comments section! Happy crafting!
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