Q-Tip Fireworks Craft for the 4th of July! #4thofJuly

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Festive Q-Tip Fireworks Craft

One of my favorite holidays is coming up! I don’t know what it is about the 4th. BBQ’s, sunny weather, family & friends. And a few awesome fireworks displays all across the country. I get the chills when I hear our national anthem or any of the other Americana music they play as the fireworks burst above our heads.

My son has become quite the fireworks obsessed little guy as well. He absolutely loves the big booms, the colorful bursts, and the family we get to enjoy it with year after year.

We wanted to create a craft that both was fun for the kids to do and would be a great way to display what we loved about the 4th of July so we decided to make some fireworks in a creative way. Grab your Q-tips but don’t stick them in your ears!

DIY 4th of July Q-Tip Fireworks

What You’ll Need: 

  • black construction paper
  • Q-tips
  • food coloring
  • water in dishes
  • scissors
  • glue


What You Do:

1. Cut Q-tips in various sizes.

1a. Don’t put them in your ears!


2. Add food coloring to water.

3. Dip Q-tips in food coloring.


3a. Feel free to completely sumberge if the stems aren’t getting enough color.

4. Lay q-tips out to dry (hint: if they aren’t drying fast enough for you, zap them in the microwave for 2 minutes).

5. Make a few lines with glue in a starburst pattern and lay down the Q-tips to form your fireworks.

6. Let dry and hang up for everyone to see!

How will you celebrate the 4th of July?

 Every week Danielle brings great kids crafts to Formula Mom!

Danielle is a work-at-home-mom of two beautiful kids and writes at the Simmworks Family Blog.
She loves to blog about her family, healthy living, going green and crafting. Danielle would love for you to come visit! You can reach her on facebook and twitter as well. If you have any questions feel free to email her at  simmworksfamily@gmail.com.


  1. says

    Thanks so much for this awesome idea! I have a Daycare and I’ve been running out of new, cool things to make for the 4th! This is perfect! I can’t wait to do this with the kids tomorrow!

  2. Jennifer Young says

    I really like how you dyed them different colors. Fireworks may be over for now, but I bet my girls could come up with some other cool pictures to make with these!

  3. Stacey b says

    I bought a few small fire works today. So after we view fireworks at our city lakefront, we’ll come home and do a few of our own!

  4. Rebecca Parsons says

    That is so cute, now I want them to try these. I wonder if chalk would work on these, possibly not because when try to color them they might take the cotton off.

  5. nicole dz says

    Great craft for the kids t get creative. love that you can get everything from around the house. Something to keep the little ones entertained. love it!

  6. Tammy S says

    This is such a great idea. It’s an easy one for the younger kids but still enough fun for the older kids. I can just see my daughter trying to dye each Q-tip multi colored. Thanks for the idea!

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