Many moons ago, we purchased a set of wooden firecrackers that I have been using for my Fourth of July Decorating ever since. Even though the original set of Wooden Firecrackers had been repainted, it was time to give me a fresh look again.
But this time, we decided it would be fun to share the instructions with you so you can make your own. And since it was time to do a little Summer Front Porch Decorating, it was perfect timing.
The construction on the Wooden Firecrackers is not difficult, and with a few standard tools you can make your own, but they did take some time.
I love how the Front Porch looks with the pop of Red, White & Blue. We used the Patriotic Shutter that Doug painted last year, the pillow on the chair received a little update with a red and white checkered napkin for the cover. The Vintage Red Coleman Cooler is fun too, and screams Summertime to me. And the galvanized double bucket is full of annual flowers.
I added some grapevine and wide burlap ribbon that was left over from the Spring Mantel to break up the edges of the shutter a bit.
So let’s get busy making some Wooden Firecrackers…
First you will need to get a 6 1/2 foot by 3 1/2 inch wooden fence post, they can be found at most farm supply stores or stores that sell lumber. Cut it into 3 lengths – 30 inch, 22 inch and 14 inches.
Then using a 1 inch wood boring bit, drill out a hole about 1 1/4″ deep.
Then give them a good coat of white primer. We left them unsanded, because we wanted the Firecrackers to look rustic.
Tip – set the poles on top of large nails to raise them off the surface a bit so the paint brush can reach the bottom easily.
After the primer dries, it’s time to paint. After painting the Garden Art Shutters, Doug has fallen in love with Krylon ColorMaster, so he bought some for this project as well. He used Bright White Satin, Navy Blue Gloss and Cherry Red Gloss.
Then using Frog Tape he covered the entire pole.
Then mark each of the areas that will be painted, the stars and the stripes. The largest Firecracker is marked 9 inches from the top, the middle size 7 inches and the shortest one is 5 inches from the top. The stripes are each 2 inches wide and the pattern for the star was printed from an internet search.
After the red paint is dry, now it’s time to add the stars and blue paint. Trace around a star template.
Then he cut and remove the Frog Tape from the areas for the red stripes, spray the edges with white paint to seal them down.
Then spray paint each of the poles with red, you may need several coats, let dry in between and then over night.
Cut out around the star where the blue paint will go, leaving the star covered with tape.
Spray with blue paint, you may need several coats, let it dry in between coats.
After the paint is completely dry, peel away the tape where the star is.
Touch up using a small foam brush. Doug used the same spray paint, and just spray it into a container and then touched up around the edges, that way the color of the paint is the same.
Then cut pieces of rope and push into the holes for the wick.
Welcome to Week #2 of the Summer Scavenger Hunt! I hope you had fun hunting for the items last week. Several of you left pictures on my Facebook page, I loved seeing them! And Colletta shared their finds with her readers on Colletta’s Kitchen Sink.
Be sure to use #SummerHunt on your social media channels so everyone can follow along. You can also add photos to Hoosier Homemade’s Facebook page! Here are the Summer Scavenger Hunt details…
Last week we found…a red car, yellow flower, black dog, pinwheel and bird feeder!
Once again, I made a very simple printable for you too, if you would like to print it and follow along.
Click HERE to download the Summer Scavenger Hunt Printable - it will open to a PDF, save and print
Cook outs, potlucks, Fourth of July parties and Summer Entertaining is upon us! But who has time to spend hours and hours on the Table Decorations? Wouldn’t you rather be at the beach?
We have 4 Easy Table Decorations to share with you today…No Sew Table Runner, Paper Snack Bowls, Pinwheels and Cupcake Toppers. There is lots to cover but first I wanted to tell you about a fun evening I have coming up. Next Tuesday, June 18th at 8 p.m. EST, I will be hosting a Facebook chat for Elmer’s Craft it and we will be sharing Summer Entertaining ideas. So mark your calendars, it will be lots of fun and there will be a prize too! I know how much you all love Elmer’s products!
Now, let’s get crafting! I used a Red, White & Blue theme for this Fourth of July table, but you can certainly change the colors to whatever theme you would like. Perhaps you are hosting a bridal shower or birthday party, just swap out the colors for whatever matches the occasion.
Let’s start with the table runner. We used ordinary bandannas that we bought at Walmart for $1 each, and then glued the edges together to create a seam.
No Sew Table Runner Supplies
Just simply run a bead of the Elmer’s Craft Bond Fabric & Leather Adhesive down the edge of the bandanna, being sure it’s on the right side. You will be putting right sides together to create a seam.
Then press the seams together, and let dry at least 5 minutes.
Then we just laid the Table Runner down the center of the picnic table.
Next let’s make these cute little Paper Snack Bowls. Thanks to Our Best Bites for the idea.
Paper Snack Bowls Supplies
Lay a 3 inch square piece of paper in the center of the plate
Mark all corners with a pen or pencil
Then cut from the outside of the plate up to each mark
Crease the plate on each corner
Use the glue spots to secure each of the corners down
Then secure the ribbon around the bowl with glue spots
Fill your snack bowls with peanuts or any other snack you like.
Down the center of the table we have mason jars that are holding pinwheels.
In each of the jars, we added a glow necklace and then filled it with tulle. Then in each jar we added the pinwheels and sparklers. Last year I showed you how to make pinwheels and have a video showing you step-by-step directions. After the pinwheels were done, I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots to attach them onto the lollipop stick.
And finishing off our table decorations are the Fourth of July Cupcake Toppers. These are available to Cupcake Chronicles Subscribers, read all about it and sign up, it’s FREE!
Each of the round toppers were cut with a 2 inch hole punch, then I used Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots to attach the short lollipop stick onto the back. And then pushed them into the cupcakes.
We had a blast putting together these Easy Table Decorations! I hope that you will join me on Tuesday for the Summer Entertaining chat at 8 p.m. EST on the Elmer’s Craft it Facebook Page.
Disclosure: Products for review were provided by Elmer’s Craft Bond. I received a free sample of the products for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Elmer’s Craft Bond.
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