Firecracker Centerpiece

This festive Firecracker Centerpiece is perfect to add some 4th of July spirit to your home or to your picnic table next month!  This post is sponsored by American Crafts however this project and opinions are 100% my own!  I was thrilled to be able to play with these awesome products.

4th of July Firecracker Centerpiece at thatswhatchesaid

A whole big box of glittery wonderfulness arrived at my door.  I was stoked!  4th of July is one of my favorite holidays!  I also LOVE paper products.  So my day was pretty much made when I sliced open that box and saw what was in side!

American Crafts Paper Products

Glitter, glitter glue, glitter tape, glitter card stock, glitter puffy letter stickers, glittery paper stars, and some super tacky double sided tape.  I was in love.  After I picked up the glitter corrugated cardstock I new exactly what I wanted to make.  This Firecracker Centerpiece!  Once I got started and was firecracking away another project popped in my mind and I made that one too…stay tuned for that soon!    Let’s get to the Firecracker Project shall we?

Supplies Needed:

I started out by measuring a 4 x 5 rectangle and cut it out of one of the pieces of card stock.  I then cut a 2.75” diameter circle out of a different pattern of paper.  Hint:  Find a cup that measures close and use that for your circle stencil!

Firecracker Pieces for Firecracker Centerpiece

Cut a slit in your circle from one end to the center.

Cut a Slit halfway through Circle

Roll your rectangle piece into a tube and secure with hot glue.  Make a cone with the circle piece by overlapping one side of the cut you just made over the other.  Hot glue the cone on top of the cylinder making your firecracker body.

Firecracker Paper Crafts

Cut two 5” pieces of glitter tape in the remaining color.  (So if you used white and blue colored papers for the firecracker, use red for the glitter tape)  Remove the backing on each piece and stick them to one another with the glitter sides facing outwards.

Glitter Tape

Now cut thin strips up the length of the tape but stop before you reach the top.  Leave about 1/2 inch at the top to hold it together.

Cut Glitter Tape for Firecracker Centerpiece

Cut a doll rod to length using scissors, apply hot glue and glue firecracker to the doll rod.  Then glue your glitter tape to the doll rod.  Add curling ribbon in coordinating colors to act as the “smoke” from your firecracker being lit!

DIY Firecracker Paper Craft

Repeat using alternating colors and patterns of paper and glitter tape.

Pour a bag of white beans into a glass vase (I got both of these items at my dollar store).  Arrange your firecrackers in the beans and adjust the lengths of the doll rods if needed.  Use some glitter tape on the vase and add the word “Bang” with the puffy thickers and you have yourself the most festive Firecracker Centerpiece there ever was!

Glass Base for Firecracker Centerpiece

Place it on your mantle, dining room table or even your counter!  These would be perfect for your tables at your 4th of July party as well!

Patriotic crafts - Firecracker Centerpiece

Thanks so much to American Crafts for letting me have a “Bang” of a time with your products!  {Yep, I just said that!}  Stay tuned for my next project!

If you love this craft you will also love my Patriotic Wall Art featuring my favorite pattern…chevron or this adorable button flag art and even this adorable pinwheel wreath!  You can browse all my red, white and blue projects as well!

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This was a compensated post on behalf of American Crafts. All opinions are 100% mine. You may read my full disclosure here.


26 Responses
  • Oh my goodness this is such a great idea! You did a great job with it, so creative + festive. Thank you for sharing!

  • Angela Peters
    June 22, 2013

    Such an awesome idea, loving all the glitter!!

  • Crystal
    June 22, 2013

    Super cute!! I love it!! It’s so fun and festive!! Love the glitter!!

  • Sabrina
    June 23, 2013

    Thanks for the wonderful idea. I am making some of these for decorations on the shelves at our church. I am covering paper towel and toilet paper rolls so they will be more sturdy.

  • Marilyn
    June 24, 2013

    Cheryl this is such a fun project! I think I may make one for the 4th of July this year!

  • That’s a lot of glitter- it looks fantastic though! Such a fun and creative centerpiece, great job!

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      June 24, 2013

      I agree Jen! But luckily it’s really staying put! I am sure if my kids started playing with them, it’d be everywhere but for now…so far so good!

  • Lisa
    June 24, 2013

    Love these, what a great idea! I wish Canadians were as patriotic as Americans, our Canada day celebrations are nothing compared to the 4th of July!

    • Cheryl Spangenberg
      June 24, 2013

      Thanks Lisa!! Well feel free to celebrate with us!! ;-) I will make you an honorary American, especially for celebration and decoration purposes!!

  • This is too cute, Cheryl! What a fun centerpiece! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    ~Abby =)

  • All of the supplies are so fun, love your creation…so whimsical!

  • Abbey
    June 25, 2013

    I love this Cheryl! Isn’t American Crafts the best? Loved their red, white and blue stuff this year :)

  • Kirsten @ One Tough Mother
    June 25, 2013

    So fabulous! I love it! What a great use of fabulous products! :)

  • Cheryl! This is so adorable. Great holiday centerpiece!!


  • So incredibly cute and clever Cheryl! I know your kiddos must love it too!

  • Danielle
    June 28, 2013

    What a creative idea and these will make a great centerpiece! You did a great job with them! Thanks again for linking up this week for Craft With What You’ve Got!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

  • Emily
    June 28, 2013

    So cute! Love it!!

  • Cathy
    June 29, 2013

    Love this!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! I would be honored if you join us! Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  • Very cute! New followers from the Monday Fun Party. Have an awesome week.

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