Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wooden Firecracker DIY Tutorial

I have had several requests for a wooden fire cracker tutorial, so here it is!  Please, let me know if you make these and how they turn out!  First you need to purchase a round 8 foot fence post.  I then cut the fence post into 3 sections.  The first sections needs to be 36 inches, the second 30 inches and the third 24 inches.  You will have about 6 inches left over.  I used a circular saw to cut my post.  The post is too wide to cut in one pass.  Cut one side and then flip it over and cut it again.  After, you get your pieces cut now its time to paint!
I used blue painter's tape to tape off the top section of the posts that will be painted blue.  Then, I did paint the top section blue. 
I then removed the painter's tape and painted the bottom half white.  I just free handed the bottom half, but you could use the painter's tape again to separate the white from getting on the blue.
Next, I used the painter's tape to evenly tape four vertical stripes down the post and around the bottom of the blue(after the white paint has dried).  Then I painted on the red paint.

After the red paint dried, I removed all of the painter's tape and began to prepare the rope to attach for the "wicks."  I used thick rope from the hardware section at Lowes.  I had them cut me a 1 foot section and then I used garden sheers to cut 3, 4 inch pieces at home.

The next step was to nail a small nail into the top of each post and apply a glob of "Gorilla Glue" around each nail.
I then slid the rope over the nails and then propped the rope up against the wall until dry.
While those were drying I spray painted my small wooden stars white.  You can find these at just about any craft store.
After the rope wicks had dried I did any touching up that was needed and waited for that to dry.  Once everything was dry I then laid each post flat on the table and glued each wooden star in place.
After, those finished drying, then you are all set!  Happy Fourth of July!

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