Q-Tip Fireworks Craft for the 4th of July! #4thofJuly

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Festive Q-Tip Fireworks Craft

One of my favorite holidays is coming up! I don’t know what it is about the 4th. BBQ’s, sunny weather, family & friends. And a few awesome fireworks displays all across the country. I get the chills when I hear our national anthem or any of the other Americana music they play as the fireworks burst above our heads.

My son has become quite the fireworks obsessed little guy as well. He absolutely loves the big booms, the colorful bursts, and the family we get to enjoy it with year after year.

We wanted to create a craft that both was fun for the kids to do and would be a great way to display what we loved about the 4th of July so we decided to make some fireworks in a creative way. Grab your Q-tips but don’t stick them in your ears!

DIY 4th of July Q-Tip Fireworks

What You’ll Need: 

  • black construction paper
  • Q-tips
  • food coloring
  • water in dishes
  • scissors
  • glue


What You Do:

1. Cut Q-tips in various sizes.

1a. Don’t put them in your ears!


2. Add food coloring to water.

3. Dip Q-tips in food coloring.


3a. Feel free to completely sumberge if the stems aren’t getting enough color.

4. Lay q-tips out to dry (hint: if they aren’t drying fast enough for you, zap them in the microwave for 2 minutes).

5. Make a few lines with glue in a starburst pattern and lay down the Q-tips to form your fireworks.

6. Let dry and hang up for everyone to see!

How will you celebrate the 4th of July?

 Every week Danielle brings great kids crafts to Formula Mom!

Danielle is a work-at-home-mom of two beautiful kids and writes at the Simmworks Family Blog.
She loves to blog about her family, healthy living, going green and crafting. Danielle would love for you to come visit! You can reach her on facebook and twitter as well. If you have any questions feel free to email her at  simmworksfamily@gmail.com.

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About Danielle

Danielle is a work-at-home-mom o f two beautiful kids and writes at Simmworks Family Blog. She loves to blog about her family, healthy living, going green and crafting.


  1. Wow. What a neat idea. I can definitely do this with my daughter. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. That’s such a cute craft, and it’s very kid friendly. Thanks for sharing – I pinned it to do with my son. We will be celebrating July 4th with a local fun day and fireworks!
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  3. such a cute craft! What a great way to keep kids busy

  4. That’s an awesome idea. I think I’ll have to try that. I’m not too sure what we’ll be doing for the 4th. Probably something small that day. We will probably be partied out since Saturday is my oldest son’s 3rd Birthday Party.
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  5. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  6. Thanks so much for this awesome idea! I have a Daycare and I’ve been running out of new, cool things to make for the 4th! This is perfect! I can’t wait to do this with the kids tomorrow!

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  8. Jennifer Young says:

    I really like how you dyed them different colors. Fireworks may be over for now, but I bet my girls could come up with some other cool pictures to make with these!

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  10. shelly peterson says:

    These are really cute! They kind of remind of stars. Was thinking about doing this craft for Christmas.

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