Fireworks Centerpiece and Christy’s Craft Challenge

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The voting for the craft challenge is up, please go here: http://www.christynelson.net/2010/06/june-craft-challenge-voting-2/ and vote please!

This is my second month participating in the ChristyNelson.net craft challenge. It is so fun and a really big challenge to use everything in one craft. If you want to give your creative muscles a work out, you should definitely look into it. She is taking July off, but the August packet will have some items she picked up while in Europe recently. Oh la la!

Here is the finished project: A very patriotic centerpiece or mantel piece.

Now let me show you what I used and how I did it.

Supplies:
  • 2 pieces of glitter paper
  • 1 favor cup – I went and bought some more in the same size from Joanns so I could experiment or use multiples. I ended up using 2.
  • Raffia
  • Sculpey polymer clay
  • Pill bottle
Additional Supplies Used:
  • Spray Paint
  • Glitter
  • Skewers
  • Iridescent bows(Dollar Tree)
  • Metal planter (Dollar Spot at Target)
  • Styrofoam blocks – Dollar Tree
  • Paper Shred – Dollar Tree
  • Hemp Cord – Dollar Tree
  • Table Weight – Dollar Tree

First I made the fire cracker using the pill bottle. I wrapped the pill bottle in hemp cord I found at the Dollar Tree. The hemp is so thin I would put the tiniest amount of hot glue possible and then wrap around the bottle several times before gluing again.

No need to worry about the top of the bottle being uncovered, we will take care of that.

Align CenterI found this table weight at Dollar Tree and thought it would be perfect for the firecracker filling. I was able to disassemble the whole thing and use the red foil and the star garland. I inserted everything into the pill bottle and put small dabs of hot glue to make sure the foil paper stayed covering the top of the pill bottle. I mounted it on the skewer by piercing the bottle with an exacto knife.

Fireworks time! I took one of the favor cups and made lots of scissor cuts. The cup isn’t made out of a circle piece of paper so when you cut it like that it fans out nicely and looks like a firework. I also ironed it flat once I cut all the rays.
Tip ALERT: I spray painted the cup and then immediately sprinkled on my glitter. The glitter stuck really well and it was so fast. The cups don’t hold up well to much moisture so this was the perfect solution. These would be so cute as suns too!

To incorporate the clay I used it to attach the skewers onto the flowers.

The glitter paper fireworks are pretty similar to the favor cup fireworks. I cut a circle of paper and then went around and cut fringe all the way around. It doesn’t come across very well in the pictures but I also bent some of the pieces to the front and back to give some dimension and try to help some additional white space come through.

I finished all the fireworks with these awesome “bows” I found at the Dollar Tree. They were in the gift wrap section and in my opinion totally made the whole project.

The skewers are all stuck into styrofoam and I covered all of that with blue paper shred. I finished it off by tying on a raffia bow.

Here is one last shot of the whole thing. I couldn’t resist going totally over the top patriotic for some of the pictures.

Happy Independence Day!

If you haven’t already done it, the voting for the craft challenge is up, please go here: http://www.christynelson.net/2010/06/june-craft-challenge-voting-2/ and vote please!

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