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DIY Wood Firecrackers For Fourth of July Decor

I am so excited to share these simple DIY Wood Firecrackers with you. I made them with all leftover materials I had in my house! Can’t get much cheaper than that!

My deck with a bunch of fourth of July decor.

There are a lot of options with this project. You can customize the size, wood, and paint colors. I had a leftover 4×4 post from another project as well as spray paint from my Wooden American Flag.

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DIY Wood Firecrackers

I didn’t spend a dime on this project. I used all leftover materials. This is one of my favorite type of project, FREE!




The first thing you need to do is determine the different heights of your firecrackers. I decided to go with 6 inches, 12 inches, and 18 inches. Once you decide what to go with cut your post to the appropriate lengths.

In a well-ventilated area set up space to spray paint. The tall piece I went all blue, the small piece I painted all white. On the middle piece, I taped off the top third and painted it blue.

On my patio I have cardboard set out and spray painted my blocks of wood.

As you can see I am working on a few projects for the Fourth of July.

Once the paint dried I taped off the blue part of the middle piece and spray painted the other 2/3 white.

For the stripes, I used one-inch painter’s tape and taped off where I wanted the white stripes to be and spray-painted the rest red. For the middle piece, I went with vertical stripes and for the smaller piece, I went with horizontal.

Here you can see where I put tape to keep the red spray paint from getting on the white stripes.

Make sure you paint the top of the wood as well.

Once you have all your stripes painted it’s time to add your stars. There are a couple of ways you can do this. On my wooden American Flag, I bought a stamp to create the stars. That stamp was too small for what I wanted here.

I used my Cricut machine to cut white vinyl stars out. I measured the wood and sized the star appropriately in Design Space. If you don’t have white vinyl or enough of it, you can choose another color and instead of sticking the stars to the wood, you can use it as a stencil to spray paint the star on.

Here they are after I added the stars made from my Cricut machine.

Adding the Fuse

I molded a pipe cleaner into a spiral. Then I picked a drill bit that is the closest to the size of the pipe cleaner. In the center of the top of each piece of wood drill a hole about an inch to an inch and a half.

Stick the pipe cleaner down in! You might need to add some glue to the end to get it to stay, especially if you plan to use them outside in a windy area.

The Finished DIY Wood Firecrackers

And that’s it! Super easy, the hardest part for me was waiting for the rain to stop to do my spray painting outside!

You can see my diy wood firecrackers on the deck next to my couch.
The diy wood firecrackers in front of my husband's smoker.
The diy wood firecrackers next to the couch on my deck.

Other July 4th posts:

DIY Wood Firecrackers pin for Pinterest.

As a licensed Real Estate Agent and an avid home decorator, I strive to give my clients the very best I can when it comes to staging, selling, and decorating their homes. I have lots of experience with paint color choices and love to DIY my home so I can have everything just the way I want it. I share my ideas and projects with the world in the hopes that I can help others have their homes just the way they want as well.

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