Paper, scissors, and glue are all you need to create this festive & fun fireworks craft for kids! This is a super easy and fun paper craft you can use to celebrate New Years, the 4th of July, Canada Day or any occasion that has fireworks. My daughter and I had a lot of fun making this project together.
I love how the 3D effect of the fireworks turned out and the little gold and silver stars add a nice sparkly touch. I created a free printable for the buildings to make this paper craft easier, but depending on the age of the kids, they could draw and cut out their own building shapes.
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Create Your Own Paper Fireworks Craft
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- Cardstock or construction paper in assorted colors including gold & silver
- White glue and glue stick
- Mini star paper punch
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Free printable (optional)
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1. First, start off by making the skyline. You will need to either use my printable template or kids can draw and cut out their own shapes. Cutting everything out can take a while, younger kids might need some help with this step. Cut the buildings out of black paper and the doors and windows out of yellow. Using a white pencil crayon to trace the templates on the black paper makes it easier to see.
Once everything is cut out, place the buildings down onto your dark blue paper. Have kids arrange their skyline on the paper before gluing anything down. Once they are happy with how it looks, they can then glue down the buildings. We used a glue stick for this part.
Do the same with the yellow windows and doors, have kids arrange them on the buildings first before gluing anything down.
2. After you have finished creating the skyline, it’s time to make the fireworks. First, you need to cut out the strips of colored paper that will be your fireworks. I cut our paper to 1/2 an inch thick, I found this to work the best. I also cut some of the strips into 4 pieces. You can use a paper cutter to make this step go faster.
3. Now it’s time to get creative and make the fireworks! Put some glue into a shallow dish, I used a plastic lid. Use the smaller strips of paper to create a burst design. Dip a paper strip into the glue and place onto your paper, curving it slightly. Add in more paper strips in different colors to finish off the burst design.
Kids can wrap the long strips of paper around a pencil to make a coil shape. This is a simple paper quilling technique. Take the paper coil off and dip it into the glue and place onto your paper. Let kids use their creativity and have fun with this step. I love how bright and colorful the fireworks are.
4. Once kids are finished creating their fireworks, they can add on the gold and silver stars. It was my daughter’s idea to put the stars on top of the fireworks and I love how that looks! We used a mini star punch for this, but if you don’t have a star punch, a small circle punch would also work.
Let your fireworks craft dry completely. We let ours dry overnight, there was quite a lot of glue in some places.
The 3D element in this paper craft is so fun and unique! The little gold and silver stars give it that extra sparkly touch making this a wonderful craft to celebrate New Years, Canada Day, the 4th of July or any holiday that includes fireworks.
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