With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought it would be fun for R(3) to create a craft to celebrate the holiday. Although we’re not in the US, R is always keen to learn about other countries. First we located the US on his globe and then we spent some time discussing Independence Day, why it is so significant, and some of the ways it is traditionally celebrated. When I suggested we create fireworks for our craft project, R couldn’t get into our paint supplies fast enough!
While deciding the best way to create fireworks with paint, I immediately thought about another art project we had fun with – blow painting with straws. I thought the patterns created by blowing the paint around with a straw would be perfect for representing fireworks.
TO CREATE SPARKLING FIREWORKS YOU WILL NEED:
- Paint (we used red, white and blue for the 4th of July but any colors would look spectacular)
- Glitter (we used red, silver and blue but again, you could use any color)
- Drinking straws
- paper or card stock (we used blue to represent the sky. Black would look fantastic, but we just used what we had on hand).
HOW TO CREATE A SPARKLING FIREWORKS PICTURE IN 3 EASY STEPS.
Mix your paint with a little water so that it is thin enough to be blown across the paper. I added less water this time than in our previous straw painting project because I wanted the paint to be thick enough for the glitter to stick to it.
Dip the end of your straw into the paint and then drop the paint onto your page. Now blow through the straw and watch the fireworks appear! Move your straw around to create all sorts of fun patterns and explosive shapes.
Sprinkle some glitter over the paint. We matched the color of our glitter with our paint colour – so blue glitter on blue paint and so on. This isn’t essential though, and I think the effect of mixing colors would be very beautiful and very much like real fireworks. Now, shake off the excess glitter and admire your artwork!
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