Bead Colors Needed:
- Red - 294
- White - 294
- Dark Blue - 294
See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:
- Paper: red, light blue, and dark blue
- Pipe cleaners: red, orange, and yellow - 3 each
- Hot glue gun
- Tube or bottle 1.25 inch diameter for molding bead design
Download the PDF for the Firecracker Decorations Project Pattern. You will use the large square and small star pegboards for your project. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place the beads for the project.
Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.
Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.
ASSEMBLY: (Have an adult use the hot glue gun). After you have fused your beads and shaped them around the tube or bottle, an adult should use hot glue to secure the ends together.
Cut 3 pieces of each paper color to 4 x 6 inches. Fringe one long side on each piece about 3 inches deep and 1/4 inch wide strips. Use tape to layer the papers together at different heights. Roll into a tube to fit inside the bead tube and secure with tape. Hot glue the fringe inside the bead tube.
Wrap the pipe cleaners one at a time around a pencil, keeping the last inch or so straight. Hot glue the straight end of each pipe cleaner inside the fireworks tubes, 3 per tube. Hot glue the small stars at the top of the pipe cleaners.