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4th of July Firecracker Centerpiece

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When I was looking for a 4th of July centerpiece my mind went back to some  firecracker blocks I saw in an issue of  Country Sampler last summer.

I used things I had around the house, this is a great scrap project, use what ever you have!

Generally speaking, you need wood, sandpaper, a drill, paint and some rope.

I had the fiance (ugh. hate that word) cut 3 chunks off a fence post that came with the house. I eyeballed three separate lengths and marked them with a pen. Then I held the post while he used the reciprocating saw.

I roughly sanded the pieces, they were very splintery. I still wouldn’t lick them, but no giant slivers hanging off. Then I used the super bit (I’m sure they have a name) to put holes in the tops for the ropes.

You should check your rope before hand. I grabbed the bit without the rope and the holes were too big, I should have gone with the 1/2 inch not the 3/4. In my mind the rope was a lot bigger.

I just eye balled center. I love ‘primitive’ style because nothing has to be perfect. The blocks don’t stand perfectly flat but it’s all good.

I painted mine using left over paint, the blue and red from the barn quilt and the white is basic Apple Barrel acrylic. I watered down the paint as I went, painting the tops and all around the sides. The large piece got a coat of blue and the two smaller pieces each got white. After it dried I free-handed white stars on the blue (including one one the top) and red stripes on the white ones. Some light sanding and it was done.

I used some old rope for my ‘fuses’. It was polyester-ish and DID NOT want to be painted. Two coats of white paint, 2 coats of pray primer and a final finger painting adventure later I managed to cover the gray/yellow checker.

Remember when I said the holes were too big? This is the gap that was left after I hot glued the ropes in.

I used a candle to fill in the holes with wax. The boy reassured me this makes them more ‘realistic’.


A burlap band and a few loops of twine finish it off!

 

 

Summer Blog Challenge: Art work

I love old/vintage seed catalog pictures, I’d love to have a group of them in my living room (or bedroom or porch)

Comments

  1. Alecia that is the coolest original project I have seen thanks so much for sharing

  2. What a fun project! I love the way it turned out. I love that the rope makes the fuse look more real! Nice job!

  3. This looks like it would be so fun to make. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Soooo making this! Thank you 🙂

  5. Shut up! That is such an adorable project! Totally copying you for this 4th of July.

  6. I love this. We sell fireworks so I will make this to have it in my store. 🙂 Found you on a blog hop that we both did. I’m your newest follower. Hope you’ll return the favor and follow my blog and/or FB fan page!
    http://www.countrifiedhicks.com
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  7. This is great! I could do this with the scrap we have out back on our property! You did a very good job. I am going to start following your blog. It looks like fun.
    Blessings,
    Susie

  8. Looks like a fun project I should ask my sons to do for me! 🙂

  9. Alecia! This is da bomb!!! Love it. Those fuses are great 😉
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  10. OH my gosh that looks so good! I haven’t seen a centerpiece like this, looks great! I’m a new follower, would love if you followed at http://iheartpears.blogspot.com

  11. That is so awesome!
    Great job.

    – Melanie
    http://mailboxjourney.com/

  12. What a neat, fun project, Alecia! The finished product looks amazing 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Tiny Tip Tuesday!

  13. Sooooo cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  14. Way Cool!!! Found you at Saturday link and greet and am following you via gfc now!

  15. This is too cute! I saw you over at Happy Hour Projects and wanted to invite you to share at the summer link party I’m co-hosting! http://embracingmessy.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-with-chance-of-link-ups.html

  16. It looks rugged enough for outdoor use, too!

    Noreen
    http://craftyjournal.com

  17. Such a cute, festive project! Great job! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  18. Pinning! Love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  19. This is so cute! I would love it if you would link it up at my linky party going on now!
    Kim@madeinaday
    http://madeinaday.com

  20. Congratulations your post is being featured at tonights party and your blog is being featured for the week @ CountryMommaCooks…thanks for linking up : )

  21. Love your fireworks! Thanks for sharing this at Sunday Blog Love, wishing you a wonderful weekend!

  22. so creative! love it

  23. What a fun 4th of July craft! I love it! I would love if you’d link it up to my link party!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

  24. You’re a STAR today over at I Gotta Create! Your lovely July 4th project is in the Star-Spangled feature lineup. Thanks so much for linking up!

    <3 Christina
    http://igottacreate.blogspot.com/2012/07/star-spangled-spectacular-25-july-4th.html

  25. Sometimes I see things and think HEY I can make that. And sometimes I see things and think HEY how darn clever and cute is that. When I looked at the firecrackers I said HEY, those are AWESOME, I love them, so clever, so cute, and I can make those!

    Pinned.

    ~Bliss~

  26. Featuring this on my top 10 Fourth of July Features over @ CountryMommaCooks……….have a wonderful Fourth of July!

  27. Cool idea! on my list of 4th decor for next year!
    JoAnn

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