Maybe you have small children in the house hell-bent on destroying everything in sight. Maybe you have a dog that's brave against the mailman, but freakishly scared of loud noises. Or maybe, just maybe, you find yourself (literally) burned out from the last Independence Day party and still waiting for your eyebrows to grow back in.
There are more than a dozen reasons you might want to go firework-free this 4th of July, so we put together more than a dozen different DIY projects that let you enjoy the festivity of fireworks without, you know, the fire part.
Fake Sparklers, above
Grab some straws and check out the tutorial at Brit + Co.
Make these, from Piikea Street, with toilet paper tubes and balloons.
Zip Tie Fireworks Display
Here's a colorful scene you could leave up all year 'round, from Mr. Printables.
Drinking Straw Starbursts
Here's another colorful take from Aunt Peaches.
Exploding Pipe Cleaner Ring
Take your fireworks with you with this craft from Mom Dot.
Cork Firework Backdrop
Yet another brilliant use of wine corks, from Hostess With the Mostess.
A fun way to dress up a burger or cocktail, from One Charming Party.
Tie-Dye Tissue Fireworks Garland
Adventures in Making combines two crafty tissue paper tutorials – tie-dying and paper flowers – to make this festive garland.
Over on Design Sponge, Anna Joyce shared a wall-stenciling project from her book, Stamp Stencil Paint. You could take the idea to a piece of foam board to make a backdrop for a photo booth or dessert table.
DIY Gold Starburst Decorations
These sea urchin decorations from Love Maegan are a great stand-in for fireworks at any Independence Day party.
Fourth of July Wreath
Design Improvised created this folded paper pinwheel wreath.
DIY Star Piñata
Fir it with goodies so that when this piñata, from Confetti Pop, explodes, it will be just like a big fireworks display.
DIY Star Burst Wall Art
Finally, this project from Lia Griffith uses rolled paper cones to make a starburst decoration perfect for any 4th of July party.