Paper Firework Craft for Kids

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A fun twist on our Rocket Straw craft from a few years ago, today’s Paper Fireworks Craft for Kids is a fun and safe way for them to get in on the holiday fun! You can securely attach the straw as a holding stick, or create a double-sided rocket and use the straw to blast it off!

A quick and easy fireworks craft for kids using our free printable template, perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July. You can either securely attach the straw to hold the rocket or use it to blast the firework off!

Paper Fireworks Craft

One of the best parts of any summer holiday is the fireworks display at the end of the night.

Ella and her friends always get so excited for it and are constantly asking for a running count down to when the highlight of the night will occur.

This firework craft is a the perfect craft for those kids, to embrace their excitement and give them something fun to do as they patiently wait for the dazzling display.

This time, we just made them as little fireworks on sticks for the kids to whirl around the backyard, but you can turn this into a shooting rocket craft by making two rockets, gluing the top and side edges together and then placing the straw through the bottom.

You could even make these little paper fireworks into cute party decorations by enlarging the printable template to make a banner, make them into drink stirrers by attaching to cocktail sticks, or use them as a cute party invitation by writing the info on the back of the rocket.

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Materials to Make Paper Fireworks

Tip: I highly recommend grabbing a couple of these sturdy plastic lunch trays. I use these for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).

How to Make a Paper Firecracker

You can either use the template or a free hand drawing of triangle and rectangle. Trace and cut out a triangle, a rectangle, a star and some strips of paper. 

Glue the star shape to the middle of the triangular shape.

Apply the glue in diagonal lines on the rectangular shape and then carefully place the paper strips on to the glue.

Attach the star on the middle of the triangle shape. Apply glue on the rectangle shaped paper. I applied the glue in diagonal lines. 

Cut off the pieces of the paper strips that reach past the rectangular shape’s border.

Glue the triangle shape to one of the wide-ends of the rectangular shape.

Cut off extra parts (out of the rectangle border) of the strips using scissors. 

Allow to dry, then flip the paper firecracker over and cut some thin strips from the scrapbooking paper.

Glue the paper strips to the opposite wide-end of the rectangular shape from the triangular piece.

You can either glue a drinking straw or popsicle stick to the firework now, OR make a second firework and glue the top and side edges together to form a “pocket” for a straw to be inserted into. When you blow into the straw, the firework will shoot off!

 

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How to make a paper firework craft with kids, using our free printable firecracker template! Kids can whizz around the yard with their firework craft as they wait for the real show to begin. You can make these rockets stick to the straw or use the straw as a launcher!

Grab your free printable instructions for our paper fireworks craft:

Yield: 2 Paper Rockets

Paper Firework Craft for Kids

Paper Firework Craft for Kids

How to make a paper firework craft with kids, using our free printable firecracker template! Kids can whizz around the yard with their firework craft as they wait for the real show to begin. You can make these rockets stick to the straw or use the straw as a launcher!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Colored Cardstock Paper
  • Colored Scrapbook Paper
  • Gold or Silver Scrapbook Paper
  • Drinking Straw (optional)
  • Paper Fireworks Template

Tools

  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. You can either use the template or a free hand drawing of triangle and rectangle. Trace and cut out a triangle, a rectangle, a star and some strips of paper. 
  2. Glue the star shape to the middle of the triangular shape.
  3. Apply the glue in diagonal lines on the rectangular shape and then carefully place the paper strips on to the glue.
  4. Attach the star on the middle of the triangle shape. Apply glue on the rectangle shaped paper. I applied the glue in diagonal lines. 
  5. Cut off the pieces of the paper strips that reach past the rectangular shape's border.
  6. Glue the triangle shape to one of the wide-ends of the rectangular shape.
  7. Cut off extra parts (out of the rectangle border) of the strips using scissors. 
  8. Allow to dry, then flip the paper firecracker over and cut some thin strips from the scrapbooking paper.
  9. Glue the paper strips to the opposite wide-end of the rectangular shape from the triangular piece.
  10. You can either glue a drinking straw or popsicle stick to the firework now, OR make a second firework and glue the top and side edges together to form a "pocket" for a straw to be inserted into. When you blow into the straw, the firework will shoot off!

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I hope your kids love making and flying their paper fireworks – and that it gives you a bit of a reprieve from the constant countdown requests to when the actual fireworks will start!

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