This easy firework craft is so simple and so good – perfect for New Years Eve or you could use it for the Fourth of July or Bonfire Night too!
I’ll be sharing how you can adapt this craft so that it’s suitable for younger kids or older ones too as well as some more of our favourite crafts and activities for New Years Eve.
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Fireworks crafts are ones that we normally make around New Year’s Eve but they’re perfect for lots of other times of year too – bonfire night, fourth of July, Diwali, Canada Day, even birthday celebrations!
You can change the colours depending on what your child likes but obviously brighter colours are going to work best here.
It’s certainly not that unusual for kids to be bit scared of fireworks too due to the loud noises so making a firework painting can be a good way for them to join in on the excitement even if they’re not super keen on the real thing.
This activity uses toilet rolls, straws and some basic shapes to make a simple night sky craft.
How Do You Make Toilet Roll Fireworks?
To make the stamp needed to create fireworks from a cardboard tube simple make some cuts into the end of your tube and then fold them outwards to make a firework shape.
You can experiment with making short slits into your tube or longer slits to make a larger firework shape.
For this craft we’ve used both toilet rolls and paper straws to make our fireworks and you could also try using other materials such as paper cups or cardboard rolls from things such kitchen paper, all of them will give your fireworks a slightly different shape which will add to the texture of your painting.
- Toilet Roll
- Paper Straws
- Black paper or cardstock
- Metallic paint
- Plate or tray
- Colored card or paper for the firework rocket
Making Your Craft
To make this craft start with some black paper or card, I find that cardstock tends to be better at coping with large amounts of glue or paint so if you’re working with young kids then it’s a good choice.
To make your exploding fireworks cut slits into the end of paper straws and cardboard tubes, folding the cut strips outwards to make a firework shape. Older kids can do this themselves but you may need to do it for younger kids.
Put some paint onto a plate and then dip your firework stamps into them before using them to stamp them onto your black card. I’ve used gold and silver paints from Helix but these look similar and otherwise I’m sure anything bright would work well.
Next up is the rocket shape itself. For older kids this is a good way to practice scissor skills, they can cut the whole shape out as one piece from coloured paper and could also decorate the firework, perhaps by writing the year on it or adding a new years resolution.
For toddlers or younger kids you could cut the shapes out for them (a triangle and two rectangles) and it’s a good opportunity to discuss what each shape is called while they glue their firework into their night sky.
More New Years Eve Activities
Filling out an end of year review is a tradition in our house and this free printable doesn’t have the date written on it, meaning you can fill one out year after year and look back on what’s changed! It makes a great keepsake as well as being an easy way to keep your kids entertained over New Year.
We love this fun New Years Eve paper plate twirler which makes a great decoration too
For more ideas why not check out this post with of fun New Years Eve ideas for kids