The Happy Scraps: 4 x 4 4th of July Firecrackers

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6.21.2012

4 x 4 4th of July Firecrackers

We've been having a great time at our house since school got out a couple of weeks ago. We've spent a lot of time going for walks, riding scooters, playing in the sprinklers, playing with cousins, spending time with extended family, and all that kind of thing, and we're only a couple of weeks into it.  I kind of hope it slows down a little bit.  But if not, you'll know where I am when I'm not posting here on The Happy Scraps!  How is your summer going so far?
I finished these fun 4 x 4 firecrackers last night.  Aren't they fun?!  I came up with this idea to make gigantic firecrackers, to put on my front porch, about a month ago, and then a couple of weeks ago we finally headed to The Home Depot to get some wood.  I didn't want to mess up so I made sure to take my husband with me. :)  We got our 4 x 4 and asked the store employee to cut it for us.  They were originally going to be taller, but there was a mix up with the cutting, so we ended up with these, and boy am I glad, if they would have been any bigger, it would have been too big.  As they are now, the large one is 3 ft tall, medium one is 2 1/2 ft, and the small one is 2 ft tall {that is just the wood measurements}.
After we got the wood home, I sanded all the edges and the ends really well to make it as smooth as possible, and then I painted them each a different color.  I thought I'd use a brighter blue color, but when it came down to painting, I didn't want to go buy more paint, so I used the paint I had on hand.  It's the same paint I used for my front door star, so it matches. :)

After I got the wood all painted, I started trying to figure out what I was going to put on the front of them.  When this project was just in my head, it had patterned paper all the way around the 4 x 4 but when it came down to it, I didn't have enough patterned paper to do that with, so I ended up doing this way. {I didn't want to go out and buy more!}  So I just decorated the fronts!  I measured how wide I wanted the cardstock on the fronts, and using my paper cutter, I cut 12 inch strips.  Then I cut a smaller piece of cardstock to go in the center for the star.  I used my George and Basic Shapes cartridge and my Cricut to cut the stars out, inked the edges of all my papers, then tied ribbon around each star.  Once I got the two rectangles of paper put on each board, I added the stars with dimension squares. 
I think the tops have got to be my very favorite part of these firecrackers!  I drilled some small holes, and put a dab of glue on each hole and put my wire in and let it dry.  After it was dry, I curled my wires.
As an after thought I added a small strip of washi tape to the top and bottom of each firecracker.
While these are more basic than I imagined, I do love how they turned out!
After I got them done, I realized that my front porch isn't exactly decor friendly when it comes to having something sit on it, plus I'm afraid what the neighborhood cats might do to these, so I put them in the house right by the front door.  Now I just need to keep the two year old from playing with them! :)
Firecrackers, 4th of July decor, 4x4 fireworks
Do you have your 4th of July decor up yet?  I have my front door star up and these.  I'm not even sure where the rest of my decor is, so I'm going to have to find it all.



Linking to:
Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, Sassy Sites, Point of View, A Little Knick Knack, Categorically Crafting at Someday Crafts, Tatertots & Jello, Lolly Jane, Six Sisters Stuff, Flamingo Toes, I Heart Nap Time, Positively Splendid, Be Different Act Normal

4 comments:

  1. How cute! Love the fireworks. I don't usually do 4th of July decor, but this would be a fun touch without doing too much.
    Melissa
    www.lovebugliving.com

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  2. These are fabulous! I would love for you to share them at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice this week.

    Malory
    http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-slice-its-party-2.html

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  3. So cute and festive! I think they are the perfect decoration for the holiday. Thanks for sharing, and Thanks for linking up to Point of View! Hope you'll join us again next month!
    Jonie

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