These Paper Fireworks for Perfect for Kids Who Get Scared

This paper fireworks craft is a fun activity for the 4th of July and is perfect for the little ones afraid of fireworks. Get all of our tips to make them with small hands.

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Paper Fireworks

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we get it. Despite the BBQ and July 4th desserts–basically the big birthday party, kids aren’t always ready for the pop and hiss of the fireworks.  It can be really frightening.

That’s why these paper fireworks are perfect. They’re quiet, they let the kids celebrate indoors so they’re not even hearing the bangs and pows. And they’re able to touch and play without fear. I just think they’re awesome. Let’s get started.

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Tips to Make this Firework Craft for Kids

  • If you want to make these last, use craft foam and increase the size by 2-3 inches for each piece.
  • Want to make this more magical? Add some glitter to the strips of paper and seal it with a light coat of ModPodge.
  • Make 10-12 of these cute paper fireworks and put them in a mason jar for a fun centerpiece at your July 4th BBQ!
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How Do I Make these Paper Fireworks?

I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial. If you’re making a firework craft for kids playlist on YouTube, here is our paper fireworks video tutorial.

Yield: 2-4 paper fireworks

Paper Fireworks

two paper fireworks craft for kids on a blue background

Everything about July 4th is wonderful and fun for kids--except for the loud pops of the fireworks. That's why these paper fireworks are perfect for kids who get scared.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3


  • Colored craft paper
  • Straws
  • Craft glue
  • Gold ribbon
  • Gold glitter foam stars


  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors


  1. With the ruler and pencil, trace 10-inches by 1/2-inch strips on the craft papers. I used red, blue and white craft papers for the strips.
  2. cut paper strips in red white and blue for fireworks
  3. Place any two strips on a flat surface to create a cross and glue them together.
  4. lay two strips of paper and make a plus sign glue
  5. Place two more strips criss-crossed over the cross, spread them out, and glue the centers in place.
  6. add more paper strips and secure with glue
  7. Hold any one of the open ends of the criss-crossed strips and glue it on the center to create a loop. Repeat with the rest and glue them to the center.
  8. add layers and create loops to form a paper strip flower
  9. Glue the gold glitter foam star to the center of the looped strips. You can skip this step, but it's fun.
  10. add a star to the center of the firework flower
  11. Cut out a round circle to create a base from any color craft paper. Then cut out 8, 5-6 inch long strips from gold ribbon. Glue one end of the the gold ribbons to the center of the circle of paper.
  12. glue gold ribbons to the center cirlce
  13. Glue the looped strips on the center of the circle on top of the gold ribbons. Attach a straw to the back. We used glue at first but then secured with a strip of tape because the kids shook them off!
  14. Let the kids play with the completed paper firework!
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