Saturday, July 3, 2010

Part Two

Let's get crackin' !
Part Two...Party Favor

We'll be using those toilet or paper towel rolls that you've been collecting.
Cut the paper towel rolls in half, matching the length of the toilet rolls.
You'll need three or four strips of (2 1/2-3 inch wide) patriotic themed (wired) ribbon or scrap booking paper.
Starting at the bottom, glue ribbon around roll leaving a smidge of over lap to cover raw edge.

Tuck edge in.

Wrap and hot glue second strip, tucking in raw edges.

Glue last strip leaving a large overlap.

Tie a bundle of tinsel trim together.
For a spiral effect I wrapped the wire tinsel around a pencil.

Slip tinsel bundle into the firecracker opening, tie securely with (patriotic themed) ribbon or bakers twine.

Here comes the fun part....turn the bottom over and fill with goodies,
candies, confetti, poppers, etc.

To close the bottom opening glue a strip of fabric then trim off the excess.
The weight of the contents will allow the firecrackers to stand on there own.

Time to embellish....well this would have been the part where I would have showed you the (various) vintage postcard (clipart) printed and glued to the front of my firecrackers....but my printer decided to conked out on me and when you're entertaining the masses there's isn't much time left for hunting down a new printer, so you'll have to imagine this part.
So... here's the fan that goes with the vintage postcard.

1. Cut the pleats from a cupcake liner.
2. Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the pleat.
3. Draw thread in until a round fan is formed, tie knot and glue closed.

I sprayed painted wood stars and used them as bases for my firecrackers.

I hope you have a star spangle 4th of July!!

Here are a few images that can be used as scrap booking paper for this project.

Vintage postcards


Sue said...

Sara, these poppers are adorable and so colorful! You did a great job on them. Who would've thought of using a cupcake liners for the the flower fan? I don't have time to do these for tomorrow, but I'm thinking Christmas poppers might be lots of fun! I'll be saving my tissue rolls...
hugs, Sue

The Polka Dot Closet said...

That is a great firecracker and center piece...Very clever!

happy 4th

Kristina P. said...

What fun ideas, Sara! Happy 4th!

Florence said...

Wow I love this project. I might just do this for my birthday party, you know it is fun to plan your own party sometimes. Happy Fourth. Hugs. Florence

Chatty Crone said...

Sara - first of all have a great 4th. of July.

And my goodness - you must be a professional decorator.

Great center piece - I'm going to copy this and save it.



The Quintessential Magpie said...

You are truly the best!

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen. Loved every bit of it, Sara!

Happy, Happy Fourth!


Sheila :-)

Mimi Sue said...

These are just so darling. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope your 4th was as fun as ours. Mimi

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Those are so gorgeous.

wendy said...

I wish you were around to plan and prepare my parties (If I had any) for me
You are brilliant

Sares said...

What a fun idea! Our to rolls usually go to the dog, he likes to chew them up. Hope you had a great 4th of July and have a terrific week!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These are wonderful, Sara! If I get started now I may have them ready for next 4th of July! : )

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

you are so smart! That is just as cute as it can be. laurie

Cora said...

A super cute idea! Love it!
I hope you had a wonderful 4th!!


Sara - these are adorable! What a fun idea and so very sweet of you to share a tutorial (well done, I might add). I'm so glad you came by today. Paper Cowgirl really is a fun retreat. The bling you speak of is a large portion of my years of collecting! Some, I must say, were a pretty penny. Finding them truly affordable is indeed a challenge. My class size was 20 ladies, a very wonderful surprise! Needless to say, I went out on a search for more bling after I found that out. Fun and joyful experience sums up the whole cowgirl experience. Perhaps you could join us next time around? Have a beautiful week! ~ Angela

w said...

those look great!

also. can i just leave the stuff out and keep it for myself. at least... the candy part?