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!
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!