Streamers or colored Christmas icicles
Stickers, tape, or other craft supplies
Stiff wire or wire coat hanger
The American flag is a beautiful thing so it’s no wonder that many a person puts one outside for the Fourth of July. But that isn’t the only decoration that is appropriate for such an occasion. In fact, other than the flag, one of my favorite decorations to put out in the yard on the Fourth of July is a huge firecracker. It’s really easy to make – and cheap, too – and you can use it year after year. Go ahead and make a few of them; they’ll look spectacular in your yard, on a deck, or even indoors.
A pool noodle has the perfect shape for a firecracker. Some pool noodles are more slender than others; some are large in diameter. Choose either one and then cut it to the length that you want or use it in its total length. It’s easy to find one around at a dollar-theme or discount department store. Find a red, white, or blue one, and you can easily turn it into a fun firecracker out in your yard.
There are lots of ways to decorate the pool noodle firecrackers. One thing that you can do is to use tape. Red and white tape on a blue noodle, blue and red on a white noodle – you decide. Wrap it around the top and bottom edges or create your own design.
Stickers in red, white, and blue, can also be used to create a Fourth of July theme for the pool noodle. You’ll find plenty of holiday theme stickers at a craft store. Since the stickers might not stay on, put them where you want them, and then wrap clear packing tape around the noodle. Use the stickers alone or with colored tape to create the look that you want for the yard firecrackers.
With an ordinary marker, you can make all sorts of designs on a pool noodle, and turn it into a yard decoration. Use the markers along with stencils or just draw images in a freehand style.
When you’re finished making the pool noodles, clip off lengths of stiff wire, or straighten out wire coat hangers. Slide one into the pool noodle and use it to secure the firecracker to the ground. To top off the area where the coat hanger went in – and to create the sparks coming out of the firecracker – use red, white, and blue streamers, cut into thin strips, or use wires with plastic stars taped to them. Wrap the wires or streamer pieces together at one end and stick it into the open end of the firecracker. Enjoy your Fourth of July cookout – and your yard!