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Fire-Less Fireworks: All The Festivity, None of the Pyrotechnics

published Jun 26, 2016
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(Image credit: Brit + Co.)

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.

(Image credit: Piikea Street)

Confetti Launchers

Make these, from Piikea Street, with toilet paper tubes and balloons.

(Image credit: Mr. Printables)

Zip Tie Fireworks Display

Here’s a colorful scene you could leave up all year ’round, from Mr. Printables.

(Image credit: Aunt Peaches)

Drinking Straw Starbursts

Here’s another colorful take from Aunt Peaches.

(Image credit: Mom Dot)

Exploding Pipe Cleaner Ring

Take your fireworks with you with this craft from Mom Dot.

(Image credit: Becca Bond)

Cork Firework Backdrop

Yet another brilliant use of wine corks, from Hostess With the Mostess.

Firecracker Frills

A fun way to dress up a burger or cocktail, from One Charming Party.

(Image credit: Adventures in Making)

Tie-Dye Tissue Fireworks Garland

Adventures in Making combines two crafty tissue paper tutorials – tie-dying and paper flowers – to make this festive garland.

Starburst “Wallpaper”

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.

(Image credit: Love Maegan)

DIY Gold Starburst Decorations

These sea urchin decorations from Love Maegan are a great stand-in for fireworks at any Independence Day party.

(Image credit: Design Improvised)

Fourth of July Wreath

Design Improvised created this folded paper pinwheel wreath.

(Image credit: Confetti Pop)

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.

(Image credit: Lia Griffith)

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.