The 4th of July is such a festive, patriotic holiday. All the red, white, and blue makes decorating for the holiday lots of fun. This year, I have put together an easy to make patriotic fireworks decoration that looks great both during the day and at night when it glows in the dark. The steps for making are simple and the cost of supplies is reasonable.
- One package of 4th of July or Red, White, and Blue Craft Sticks (Hobby Lobby)
- A Red, White, and Blue Basket (Dollar Tree)
- 2 packages Red Foil Shreds/Tinsle (Dollar Tree)
- One large block or sliced block of Floral Oasis (Dollar Tree)
- Natural Color Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint
- One piece of blue construction paper
- Quick drying glue
Take the Craft Sticks and put Natural Color Glow in the Dark Fabric Paint on sticks in patterns. In this case, it was easy to put a thin layer of fabric paint over the white areas on the craft sticks and around the stars and other features. Allow the paint to dry on the craft sticks for two to three hours.
Put floral oasis in bottom of basket. X-acto Knife off some of oasis to fit if need.
If craft sticks do not have two-sided design (as mine do not) place craft sticks back to back. Then insert back to back craft sticks in the Floral Oasis working out from the center. If sticks bow away from each other may need to glue upper third of each stick together. For the pattern you see, I painted twelve craft sticks which gave me 6 back to back to decorate with.
Once crafts sticks are inserted into the oasis put Red Foil Shreds all around the base of the sticks and throughout the basket to ensure that no Floral Oasis is showing and basket looks full.
Cut out small triangles for tops of craft sticks. Apply some Glow in the Dark paint near the edges of the triangle if you like and let dry. Glue a triangle to each side of the craft sticks to complete stick rocket shape.
To activate, the glow in the dark paint, put arrangement in sunlight or expose to bright light for a while. (Always take care to keep arrangement safe distance from light source so as not to overheat.) Enjoy how as day turns to evening the craft sticks in the decoration glow.