4th of July Firecracker Craft

BOOM…CRACKLE…POP!!! With the 4th of July fast approaching, I wanted to find a craft that I could make to celebrate the occasion! I love these lil firecracker lights that I made for a Fourth of July decoration. We have them out on our patio, and they are adorable! I love it, because it creates an awesome ambience when the sun goes down. I thought it would be tricky incorporate lights to this, but it turns out that it was REALLY simple!

So, let’s get to it!



  • Three blocks of wood – I used ones I got on Amazon here, here, and here, but you can use any old blocks of wood.  Just make sure they are all of three different lengths.
  • Red, White, and Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • toothpicks
  • Pencil
  • Letter Stencils (this is optional – I did mine freehand, but you could also use a stencil)
  • LED wire lights (I got these on Amazon here)
  • Glue that can be used to glue the lights to the wood.  I just used Elmers craft glue, and it worked fine.
  • Three tall thumbtacks


1.) Start by painting your blocks of wood.  You want to paint one red, one whit, and one blue.  Allow to dry.

2.) Once the blocks of wood are dry, use a pencil to sketch your words on each block.  I also drew some stars.

3.) Use your paintbrush to fill in the letters.  If you did stars, and you need to create some really fine detail, use a toothpick to paint these by dipping the toothpick in paint and slowly tracing over the design.  Allow to dry.

4.) Apply some glue to the LED light battery pack, and attach it to the backside (the side opposite the one with writing on it) at the top of the block of wood.  Allow the glue to dry completely.

5.) Push a thumbtack halfway down the center of the top of the block of wood.  Wrap your LED light around the bottom, and then shape the wire as shown using the thumbtack as a support to wrap the wire around.  Once you have your desired shape, push the thumbtack down a bit more (don’t squish the wires, but push it down enough so the wires are secure and won’t slip out).

Once you’ve done this for all three blocks or wood, your good to go!  The lights have an on/off switch, so you don’t have to have them always lit (as a bonus, they look pretty neat not lit as well!) and the battery won’t run down super quick.

Super cute!  Wishing you all a safe and happy fourth of July! Enjoy!

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