Sunday, June 19, 2022

Patriotic Rockets and Fire Crackers made with Toilet Paper Rolls

Oh hey there, how's it going?

Yall!  It's HOT here, what the melted cheese and crackers!  We've had such a long stretch of 100 degree days here, its awful!  I love the hot weather, but this is too much already!

Anywhoooobs, speaking of hot, let's make toilet paper roll rockets and fire crackers!

Save your empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls.

Now, let's grab your empty paper rolls and get crafty!

To make the rockets, you will need:

Empty paper rolls
Scrapbook paper
Wooden skewers
Scissors and glue

and for the fire crackers:

Empty paper rolls
Scrapbook paper
Pipe cleaners
Scissors, glue and hole punch - I use this one lots and I love it!

Let's make some rockets first.


Step 1:Cut a strip of scrapbook paper that measures 4" x 6" and wrap it around the paper roll.

Step 2: Glue both ends of paper strip to the roll.

Step 3: To make the top of the rocket, cut one 4" circle. Cut from edge to center one time like this.

Step 4: Fold one side under the other to form the point. Glue ends to hold

Step 5:   Glue top to paper roll.

Step 6: Cut wooden skewer to 7" and glue to the top at the point.  I used a small amount of tissue paper to hold the skewer in place while the glue dried.

Step 7: Glue a small piece of tinsel to the end of the skewer for the sparks.

Tahdah!  Rockets for your decor! 

Now lets make some fire crackers too!

Step 1: Start the same as above with wrapping the paper roll in your scrapbook paper of choice.

Step 2: Cut (2) circles from heavy card stock at 1 3/4", one for each end of your fire cracker.

Step 3:  Punch a hole in the center of one circle.

Step 4: Cut a piece of pipe cleaner to 5" and insert it into the hole you just punched.  Bend over the bottom end and glue to circle.  I used a skewer to curl my pipe cleaner into a curly stem.

Step 5: Glue both circles to the ends of paper roll and then add the tinsel to the pipe cleaner for the sparks to finish.

 Now you're ready for the fourth of July decorating and you have almost free decor to decorate with!

You could also make a patriotic banner with your rockets or fire crackers too!

See how I made these 2 x 4 star blocks right here.

You can also CLICK HERE to see lots more of my patriotic decor.

I hope you try these too!  It's so much fun to just sit and create.  It's something I'm finally starting to do again.  It is good for my soul! :)

If you loved any of these ideas and want to save them for later, be sure to pin it to your favorite Pinterest board.  I have a Pinterest board set up for all kinds of patriotic ideas and its called Red, White and BlueI'm pinning something new on Pinterest every day. Won't you join me?

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  1. So adorable and such a great tutorial DeeDee. This would make such a fun craft for summer camp. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Denise! I have to agree with you there, great for camp! Thanks so much sweet lady! :)

  2. Oh my goodness these are so cute! Thank you for linking up at Farmhouse Friday. I'm featuring it this week. pinned!

    1. Yay! Hi Cindy, thank you so much my sweet friend! What a pleasant surprise! :)

  3. Where did you get the little Uncle Sam?

    1. Hi Jennifer! Since there is no Uncle Sam in this post, I'm assuming you came from Instagram? He came out of our local newspaper, it was an ad for a bank if I remember correctly. :)
      See my original post here:


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