You're going to love these wooden firecrackers! I made my DIY wooden firecrackers out of scrap 2x2 wood. But you could easily upgrade yours to 4x4 wood to use as a 4th of July porch decoration!
I love using scrap wood for projects. I have several long 2x2’s that I use to hold items on my sawhorses when I use my paint sprayer. Because I had painted some things white and blue using my 2x2’s they were already primed and covered with paint. I chose a 2x2 that was perfect for this project.
How to Make Scrap Wood Firecrackers
You will need:
- Scrap pieces of 2x2 (optional 4x4 posts if you want large firecrackers)
- Craft paint in Red, White, and Blue
- Saw a miter saw was used,but a hand saw or jigsaw would work great as well.
- Patriotic stickers
- Twine, Ribbon, Tulle
Cut scrap wood in random heights
Paint & Distress wooden firecrackers
I sort of did a wash with the red and the blue. The white was already old looking so I wanted the colors to match that look. After the paint dried, I sanded them back a bit with the sanding sponge.
Glue and Clamp Wooden Firecrackers Together
When you use this wonderful Gorilla Glue, remember a little goes a long way. It expands, but when you know that, and take that into consideration, you will LOVE it! The directions say to “damp it & clamp it”. Rubber bands worked great to hold my wooden pieces together while the glue set up. Thirty minutes folks, and it will hold like you won’t believe!
I first glued the two back pieces together, allowed that to dry, then added the third piece in front.
Drill small hole in top of wooden firecracker for wire wick
Using a small drill bit, make a hole to hold the wire wick.
Cut and Curl Wire Wicks
The wire is curled by wrapping it around a dowel or something similar. Gorilla Glue Super Glue is great to secure the "wicks" in place.
Embellish Wooden Firecrackers with Stickers
I used my Silhouette to make vinyl letters and stars to decorate the scrap wood firecrackers.
Add twine, ribbon or tulle to finish off your scrap wood firecrackers.
One board netted three sets of wooden firecrackers.