Calling all kids who love fireworks! I’ve got an awesome craft for you to make your very own Sparkler Firework Craft that you can enjoy over and over again!
Not only do these play sparklers look like the real deal, but they even make a lovely crackling sound too!
It really makes the firework experience all the more life-like and amps up the excitement! It’s like having your very own firework show all year long. How cool is that?
This easy sparkler firework craft idea is a great way for children to re-enact and play make-believe firework celebrations all year round.
Whether it’s Bonfire Night, the Fourth of July, New Year, or even a birthday celebration, these DIY sparklers will add a colourful blast to any occasion.
What’s more, when they’re not being used as playtime props, they can double up as adorable table decorations on Bonfire Night or New Year too!
We only get a few opportunities to enjoy fireworks throughout the year, so this homemade sparkler firework craft is great for letting children have their own firework celebrations again and again whenever they want.
It’s a fabulous pretend play opportunity and a great way to practice all those firework based words that they don’t get to hear everyday.
So forget about all the worries and dangers that come with real sparklers and get ready for some DIY fun with this fantastic firework craft for kids! It’s guaranteed to keep your little ones entertained and safe at the same time!
So let’s get crafting and have a blast, my sparkler-loving friends! Let the celebrations begin!
How To Make A Homemade Firework Toy
Sparkler Craft Supplies:
1 – Start by cutting a sheet of tin foil to the same size size as the A4 cellophane. Choose two colours of cellophane and sandwich the tin foil between them.
2 – Next fold the 3 layers in half or nearly in half lengthways.
You’ll see in the photo above that we’ve folded it nearly in half which gives different lengths of tassels in the finished firework craft.
If you chose to fold the sheets in half instead, it will mean that all the tassel lengths are all the same.
There is no right or wrong, it’s really just a matter of personal choice. Maybe you could make a few different sparkler crafts and try different lengths for each one?
3 – From the open end, cut strips towards the fold being careful not to actually cut through the fold itself. Continue cutting strips all along the length of the sheets of cellophane and foil. This is great scissor practice.
Young children might find it a bit tricky to cut through lots of layers at the same time so if they do, just cut each layer separately and slide them back together afterwards.
4 – Wrap the cut cellophane and foil tightly around the end of straw using sticky tape every now and again to secure it.
If you don’t like the look of the sticky tape you could use glue. I prefer to use sticky tape because I find that often children want to play with their firework craft straight away and don’t want to have to wait for glue to dry before they can start whizz, bang, popping!
5 – Continue rolling until all of the cellophane and foil is tightly wrapped and stuck around the end of the straw.
6 – Gently open out all the individual layered strips to give a wonderful pom-pom like head to your homemade firework sparkler toy.
Children will love the gentle crackling sound that the tin foil makes when they shake and whizz-pop their toy sparklers around, it helps make them seem quite real!
(This post was first published November 2014 and has been updated September 2023)
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