Our 4th of July included more pie (this time apricot banana) and these special firecrackers that I made for Sophie.
We live in Colorado where some of the fires have been, so needless to say all of the firework shows were canceled. So what better thing to do than improvise! I had everything on hand to make these faux fireworks, except for a few fun things to stuff them with.
So I went to our local toy store and purchased a few things (the total was under $5). I picked out some cute japanese erasers and two plastic figurines (an effiel tower because Sophie wants to go to Paris someday, and a statue of liberty.. which seemed fitting for the 4th of July!).
I also had some St. Claires organic candy pastilles on hand, so I wrapped a few in tissue paper (so they won't roll around inside the firecrackers).
Then I gathered my supplies. These came together really quick -- a quick project that could be used for New Years, Birthdays or just because!
Double sided tape (you could also use a glue stick, a glue gun or glue dots)
Toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes cut in half
Treats for filling (stickers, erasers, organic candy, coins, etc)
For each firecracker, you want to use 2-3 layers of tissue paper cut into 10x10 squares.
Place the paper tube about half way between the tissue paper, but so there's slightly more tissue paper on one end (this will be the top part).
Using the double sided tape, roll the paper tubes around the issue paper securing it as you go.
Take a small piece of pipe cleaner and twist one end of the tissue paper to secure it. (see photo above)
Tuck in that end, this will be the bottom end of the firecracker.
Turn the firecracker upright and add your treats.
Twist the top piece of tissue paper and use a long pipe cleaner stem to secure.
I twisted my pipe cleaner around a pencil to make it squiggly.
Add stickers, decorative washi tape, ribbon or whatever you would like.