Cardboard Tube Fireworks Craft | A Few Small Adventures
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Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage

Looking for a fun fireworks craft to make with your kids? Why not try this pretty cardboard tube fireworks painting? It looks great, is super simple to make, and is a fun activity to celebrate New Year’s Eve or Diwali. All you need is some cardboard tubes (I used toilet paper rolls), some paint and colour paper.

To make your fireworks painting and paper city collage you will need the following craft supplies:

Supplies

  • Black paper
  • Colour paper
  • Cardboard tube or toilet paper roll
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Colour pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Sticky tape

Step 1

Make your background. Select a piece of black paper for your background and two colour pieces of paper for your sunset. I chose light pink and purple.

Step 2

Select one piece of your sunset colours and laying the paper down in a landscape view, tear off the top of the paper approximately 9 cm from the top. Glue to the black background sheet.

Step 3

Select the second piece of your sunset colours and laying the paper down in a landscape view, tear off the top of the paper approximately 12 cm from the top. Glue to the first sunset colour.

Step 4

Make your city. Cut strips of black paper for the buildings of your city. My buildings are between 5-12 cm tall and 4-5 cm wide. I also cut some of the tops of my strips on an angle. For a brighter city you could also use stips of colour or patterned paper.

Step 5

Decorate your buildings. Using colour pencils add windows, doors and lots of details to your buildings.

Step 6

Make your fireworks! For slightly smaller fireworks, take your cardboard tube and cut a small section out. For larger fireworks skip ahead to step 8.

Step 7

Overlap the two cut edges of your tube slightly, and sticky tape closed.

Step 8

Make small cuts in one end of your cardboard tube, all the way around, to create a fringe effect. The longer the fringe the larger your fireworks will be. My fringe section was 3.5 cm long.

Step 9

Fold back your fringed pieces to create your firework shape. It should look similar to the one below.

Step 10

Time to paint! Select your first paint colour and put a generous amount on a plate. Dip the fringed end of your cardboard tube into the paint, making sure to cover all the fringed sections.

Step 11

Press your cardboard tube onto the background of your collage. Add as many bursts of fireworks as you would like. I added four to my collage. You may need to press some of the fringes down with your fingers to make sure they print properly.

Why not add another colour to your fireworks? I made two fireworks with three colours; yellow, green and pink, and two fireworks with two colours; yellow and pink.

Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage | A Few Small Adventures

This is how my fireworks turned out. Don’t they look great!

Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage | A Few Small Adventures

Step 12

Add some more details to your fireworks. I simply dipped a paintbrush into some paint and added lots of little spots to my picture. It really brightens up the sky.

Want to add some sparkle to your fireworks? Why not add some glue and glitter, sequins would look great too.

Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage | A Few Small Adventures

Step 12

Time to add your buildings. Once your fireworks have dried, apply glue to the back of your buildings and stick them along the bottom of your collage.

Your cardboard tube fireworks and paper city collage is finished! Doesn’t it look great!

Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage | A Few Small Adventures
Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage | A Few Small Adventures

I hope you have as much fun creating your collage as we did! They are such a fun way to celebrate special events like New Year’s Eve or Diwali and they look fantastic too!

Cardboard Tube Fireworks Painting & Paper City Collage | A Few Small Adventures

Looking for some more cardboard tube crafts? Why not try on of these: Cardboard Tube Bunny | Australian Bird Craft | Cardboard Tube Santa & Elf | Cardboard Tube Penguin with Wooly Hat

Or love to do another collage? Give this one a go: Collage Cat

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