Stretch A Balloon Over A Paper Towel Tube, Then Dump Confetti Inside For A Kid-Safe Firecracker

by Caroline Hockenbury
Caroline is an editorial intern who enjoys running, making origami, and beatboxing (simultaneously).

Although I am admittedly a huge fan of fried food and tug-of-war, my favorite part of the Fourth of July has always been the fireworks.

I love fireworks and all their shimmery cousins: the massive cardboard cylinders that burst in the sky, the handheld sparklers that fizzle in front of you, and the pop-its that hit the ground with a snap! 

Unfortunately, though, fireworks aren’t safe enough to be handled by children. Even exposure to small sparklers can result in unwanted burns for tiny tykes.

Luckily, there is now a safe way to let the kids join in on the firework fun. Check out this genius DIY craft: kid-safe firecrackers! Simply using an old paper towel roll, a balloon, and a handful of confetti, you can create a toy that both explodes and shimmers — all without fire!


  • scissors
  • paper towel tube
  • washi tape
  • paintbrush
  • craft glue
  • balloon
  • confetti


  1. Using scissors, cut off the final third of a paper towel tube.
  2. Use decorative washi tape to cover the outside of the tube.
  3. Paint over the tape with craft glue.
  4. Tie a knot in a balloon, then cut off the opposite end. Stretch the balloon over one end of the tube.
  5. Flip the tube over, then fill it with confetti.
  6. To use the firecracker, pull down the tied end of the balloon, then release. The quick snap will launch the confetti into the air!

Refer to the directions above, then check out the video below to learn how this creative craft is made!

What is your favorite part about Independence Day? Let us know in the comments, then please SHARE this craft with your family and friends on Facebook!

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