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Easy Firecracker Craft

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These sweet little (faux) paper firecrackers are the perfect way to add a bit of red, white, and blue to your summertime decor. They're super easy to assemble and great for sticking in plants and such for extra patriotic decor. Download the free printables to make this firecracker craft below.

Firecracker Craft
We're having lots of red, white, and blue fun with this patriotic craft I'm sharing today. It's a simple one that takes a couple of minutes to assemble (after printing out the patterns). And you probably have everything you need on hand. See all the Americana goodness below!
Thrift Style Team

Today is also our monthly Thrifty Style Team day. Not only am I sharing some summery fun, all of my blogging friends are, as well. Everything is designed to be thrifty and budget-friendly, too. I have linked all of their projects at the bottom of this post.

Firecracker Craft

I have to say, once you start making these, it's difficult to stop. I may end up with these in every nook and cranny before long.

DISCLAIMER: These are just for decoration purposes only. 

Patriotic Vignette
The patterns I used on these firecrackers have a sweet little vintage vibe. I purposefully made them in contrasting, mixed-up patterns to add a bit of extra interest. But, if you prefer, you can print several sheets of the same "rocket" for a more uniformed look. There are three sheets of patterns to utilize.

Paper Firecrackers

Assembling Your Firecracker Craft

I made the video below to demonstrate how to create these firecrackers from start to finish. I did include step-by-step photos and instructions below the video, if you prefer.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Firecracker Supplies


DIY Fourth of July Crafts


  • Print your patterned pieces onto the white cardstock.
  • Cut out each piece.
  • Cut your ribbon to be about three inches in length. Give it two points on the end with your scissors (I show the easy way to do this in the video above).

Patriotic Crafts
  • Form the half circle piece into a cone and glue on the seam.

Patriotic Craft Ideas
  • Take the rectangle and form a tube. Glue on the seam.
  • If you'd like to make varied heights of these firecrackers, you can cut the tube to be shorter. I kept mine all the same height, but that's just another option.

Fourth of July Craft Ideas
  • Run a line of hot glue along the top edge of the tube (image 1, above).
  • Sit the cone onto the glue (image 2, above).
  • Glue in your ribbon (AKA, fuse) and skewer. 

Crafts for Fourth of July
And that's it! Aren't they so fun and festive? You could also stick a few in a vase for a sweet fourth of July centerpiece, too. I trimmed my skewers a tiny bit just to vary the height of my firecrackers in the plant I have them sitting in.

Free Patriotic Printables
These lil' firecrackers coordinate perfectly with my recent Free Vintage Fourth of July Printables (pictured above).

Download the Pattern Sheets:

Printable Scrapbook Patterns

Firecracker Decor

Thrifty Style Team Projects

Thrifty Style Team Ideas

Our theme this month is All Things Summery Picnic and Patriotic. Any of these budget-friendly ideas are perfect for a summer or Fourth of July get together. All of the Thrifty Style Team members are sharing their fabulous projects below:


  1. These are so cute! I love the colors and patterns you used. Well done!

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! I appreciate that. xoxo

  2. I love these! The vintage colors and are just perfect!

  3. Kristi these are just the cutest! I love the paper you used, and I am very thankful for the printable pattern. I think I will have my girls help me make these! Happy summer!

    1. Awww...thank you so much, Kelly! Have a wonderful summer, too! xoxo

  4. I've tried making the cones 3 times and I can't! :(

    1. Oh goodness! I'm sorry to hear that. Did you watch the video? You can pause it at that part to duplicate the fold of the paper...let me know if that helps.

    2. Thanks, I did not see a video. Is it attached to this page?

    3. I found it! my pop blocker was blocking it! Awesome craft. I did this with my 8 yr old daughter :)

  5. Kristi, these are so adorable and fun! I can see them being used just about anywhere. Can you share what printer you use for the printables? I'm on the hunt for a new color printer and would love your input!

    1. Hi, Angie! Thank you so much for your kind words. Honestly, I'm a big HP fan, printer-wise. We bought our boys a different brand recently and regretted it (so much hassle). In my office, I have an inexpensive HP3755 and it does a great job. I'm also a part of the HP Ink of the Month club, which is awesome. They send me ink automatically so I never fun out. I hope this helps a bit! xoxo, kristi

  6. Not to sound silly, but this made me giddy! I love projects like this. I'm going to make one of each firecracker this weekend and print out the pretty 'Long May She Wave' printable as well so I'll have a Kristi theme for my 4th of July d├ęcor! Thanks so much for sharing. xo

  7. These are the cutest and have the best vintage vibe!

  8. These make me smile, Kristi! They are so cute...I would stick them in all my ferns on the porch!

  9. These firecrackers could not be cuter Kristi! I love the vintage style papers you used and I can see how you could get a little carried away making them lol! Pinned and excited to make!