We are always looking for ways to make Fourth of July firecrackers something even the littlest kids can enjoy. These firework straws are a great way to bring the sparkle and fun safely into the afternoon. They are bright, shiny, and a festive way to sip celebratory drinks.
To make the firecracker straws, start by cutting out the festive paper flags. Download and print our template right here.
When cutting leave the notched area in tact when cutting the flags, it’s much easier to line up the ends that way. Run the glue stick along the unprinted side of the flag and then wrap around straw (about 1.75″ inches from the top of the straw). Then cut out notch in the end of the flag.
Fold a 6″ piece of Mylar ribbon in half and fringe the ends; leaving about 1/2 an inch of Mylar from the crease unfringed. Don’t worry if the fringe is uneven — it doesn’t really show once you ruffle it a bit. Open Mylar piece and run glue stick onto unfringed middle. Fold the fringed Mylar around the paper straw, just above the flag. Trim ends if necessary and ruffle the fringe apart.
Pop the straws in a holder to set out for guests – or slip them into sweet drinks for an afternoon celebration everyone will love.
Project and photography by Rebecca Green for A Subtle Revelry.