Jun 21, 2011

July 4th Lifesaver Firecrackers

This past Sunday, Father's Day, my church passed out a roll of Lifesavers to all the dad's.  I had kind of forgotten about it until this morning when I noticed the un-opened roll of treats in my husbands church bag.  When I saw them I was reminded of a fun craft you can make with a roll of Lifesavers.

Actually, there are a ton of fun things you can do them but since the 4th of July is coming up, I thought I'd share how to make firecrackers.  And, before we go any farther, I can't take any credit for this idea, I stumbled upon this idea way back in 2008 on another craft site.  I did a search to see if I could remember where I first saw it but I can't find it.  Regardless, it's a fun idea and worth passing along.  Thank you to who ever had the original idea - it's awesome!

Here's what you do...

1- With something sharp, poke a hole in the packaging on each end of the roll.  You want the hole to go through where the hole in the candy would be.  Then set aside.

2- Prep your wire.  I just cut a really long piece and then I folded it over a few times. Set that aside as well.

3- Go back to you Lifesaver roll and decorate the outside.  I just cut a small piece of scrapbook paper to size, secured it in place and then I added some punched stars.  Easy.  (You can see a second version below)

4- Take your wire bundle and thread it through the center hole.  Leave most of it sticking out at the top.

5 & 6 - Once you've threaded the wire through, and most of it is sticking out at the top, turn the roll over.  You should have only a small amount of wire showing on the bottom.  Fold those edges over, pressing them flat up again the end of the roll.  If needed you can add a small piece of tape to hold them in place.

 7- Next punch out some stars and secure them to the wire.  I actually punched out multiple stars so that I could "sandwich" the wire in between them.  That way, if you turned a star over, you wouldn't see the wire behind it, instead you'd see another star.  Does that make sense?

Such a fun, each project and a great little treat to help you celebrate the upcoming holiday!  Plus, if you aren't a fan of the wire, you could always use gold pipe cleaners or do like my friend did, and use gold tulle.