I had a conversation with my seven-year-old niece about it last weekend, and she asked if I was nervous. I told her I was a little, but that this will be my fourth time, and it keeps getting easier and less scary. She said that the fifth time will be when I stop being nervous. On one hand I thought that was cute, but on the other I'm kinda hoping she's right!
My topic today is fun things you can make for the little ones if you're trying to avoid fireworks. I found almost all of these on Pinterest, and added my own spin to a few.
I found the directions for these at Happiness is Homemade. I followed her directions on this one, but instead of confetti we're going to pop mini marshmallows, because I don't want the cleaning crew to lock me out next time I show up for the show.
This one is from Curious Kangaroos. I made them the same way, but used scrapbook paper and printer paper, as opposed to the thin paper recommended, and they seem to work fine. I found one of those fat smoothie straws is perfect for wrapping the paper around to tape. It makes the rocket just a bit larger than a regular straw.
I thought these sparklers from Kids Craft Room were cute. I did use several more layers than recommended, with two pieces of foil and five cellophane. After I cut the strips, I taped a piece of curling ribbon inside every other one before I rolled it up. The only other thing I did differently was to use hot glue instead of tape to secure it, and that was really because I already had the thing warmed up.
Instructions for these are everywhere (I even made my own fabric version once upon a time) but the ones at Living the Swell Life were the first to catch my eye. For mine, I made a couple from two-sided scrapbook paper, then printed my own double sided paper for the other two. I used a pearl pin, but instead of bending it first as instructed, I pushed it through the papers, through a small round bead, then through the eraser. I clipped the pointy end off the pin, then bent the end down. They do spin, I tested them, but what do you want to bet they won't cooperate on camera? :-)
I used the instructions on One Good Thing to make these. They came out a little wonky-looking, but they do work and I think kids would love them. How can you not like something full of candy?
Light Stick Wands and Decorated Bubbles
This last one is my own, but it's ridiculously simple. The wands are just a light stick attached to a smoothie straw with fancy duct tape. The bubbles are also wrapped with the same tape. DIY doesn't always have to mean super complicated, and the kids will be just as happy.
And not a flame in sight!