Friday, June 22

July 4th - Firework Favor Can Tutorial

I love the idea of giving kids something special “just for them” at a holiday get together. Whether you are eating a sit down lunch for Independence Day or just having lots of kids coming over to celebrate the 4th,  handing them something fun and kid-friendly to keep them happy and occupied is always a good idea. So how much fun is this FIRECRACKEFAVOR container!

I’m going to show you make it using of all things, a Pringles can!

And I’ve also designed some FREEBIE July 4th Printables just for you to download for this craft — Free is good, right? 

And if you like FREEBIES, head over to my Facebook page to find even more July 4th printable freebies, Father's Day printables and Mother's Day, too!

When I was thinking of what kinds of items I could put in the favor box for the kids, I wanted to have coloring pages as well as some sparklers.  I needed a container tall enough to fit both, and a Pringles can was the perfect solution. At about $1.00 each they won’t break the bank, and if your kids are anything like mine, they’ll think you’re Mom of the Year if you come home from the store with a pile of Pringles cans! So let’s get started.

Firecracker Favor Box:
Here’s what you’ll need: 
- Pringles cans
- Printable sheets from the FREE July 4th craft download
(Print onto photo paper or brochure paper for the most vivid colors)
- July 4th trinkets for the kids like necklaces, tattoos, stickers, sparklers, etc
- Coloring pages printouts and crayons
- Ribbon and tulle (in red, white and blue colors)
- Low temp hot glue gun, tape, scissors, hole punch, and sharp knife
- Craft circle punches in 2.5″ and 3″ sizes (optional)
- Red, white and blue star wire garland (Dollar Tree)
- Metallic chenille stems (pipe cleaners) 

Step 1: Print out your FREE set of Firecracker Favor printables (seen above). Punch your 2.5″ logos and 3″ decorative circles out with a circle craft punch.

Step 2: Preparing the can - We’re going to leave the stay-fresh seal at the top closed so that the kids can “pop the top” themselves so take a sharp knife and cut just above the silver base on the bottom of the can. Saw through the cardboard, cutting a little and then turning the container to cut the next spot. Keep repeating around the can until you can pull the bottom of the can away. It’s helpful to not cut the bottom piece all the way off and leave a small piece attached. Empty out the Pringles into a air-proof container and keep them for later use. Wash out the inside but don’t douse it with water…. it’s only cardboard afterall. Then dry out the interior with a towel.

Step 3: Get all of your kids’ July 4th trinkets and coloring pages ready to insert in the can once you’re sure it’s nice and dry. I rolled the coloring pages together so they would fit inside the container and then placed the candy, sparklers, tattoos, stickers, yo-yo necklaces and crayons inside.

Step 4: Putting your can back together – Using a low temp hot glue gun, apply glue to the outside edge of the bottom silver piece on your can and then press back onto the cardboard part of the can. Hold together until the glue dries. Then if you are using a low temp glue gun, apply some glue to the outside of the can and press your finger over it to smooth it out. This will ensure that the can will stay together. If you are using a high temp glue gun, just encircle the cut part of your can with some Scotch tape. 

Step 5: Next you’re going to cover your can with pretty papers that you’ve printed from the Firecracker Favor printables set and cover up your ugly glue seam, too. The 8.5″x11″ printed sheet won’t completely cover the can so I placed the paper on the 11″ side around the can, cut off an inch or so to make it fit, and then taped the seam with Scotch tape. On the top and bottom where I have a small bit of can still showing, I cut a different decorative paper into strips and wrapped it around the can as well until the entire can was covered and pretty.

Step 6: Punch your 2.5″ circles and 3″ decorative circles out from the Firecracker Favor printables  (or you can just use scissors to cut them out if you don’t have the punches). Cut a small piece of ribbon maybe 10″ long, punch a hole in your 2.5″ tag, and insert the ribbon through the hole. Dab a little hot glue on the top of your can and place the ribbon into it to secure. Next, take a 3″  decorative circle, add some hot glue to the edge and place it down on the top of the Pringles can original seal. Hold it down until it dries.

Step 7: Making your decorative lid – Take your sharp knife and punch a slit through the center of your plastic Pringles lid. Then take a red, white and silver chenille stem and wrap each around one of your fingers to make it into a spiral. Release the spiral, insert it into the slit on the plastic lid and secure underneath with a small dab of hot glue. Repeat the spiral for each color chenille stem and insert into the lid.

Then you’ll do the same spiral trick with your red, white and blue star garland. Cut a long, maybe 18″-24″ piece of garland and spiral it as well, then fold it in half and stick the middle through the slit in the lid. Secure it, too, with some hot glue.

Next cut some 5″-6″ pieces of tulle – I used red since it seemed to look the most like a fireworks explosion – and fold each piece in half. Dab a little hot glue on the folded part and place down on top of the plastic lid. Repeat for 4 or 5 more pieces until the top of your lid looks nice and “firework-ey.” 

Step 8: Place the lid back on top of the can and Voila! You have a fun, “explosive” treat for the kids that they can pop open themselves!

Wouldn’t they just love all of that loot? I love this project because it’s so simple and inexpensive but would be a real treat for the kids. It might be a fun gift container for neighbors and friends or even a hostess gift for a 4th of July party. Make a batch of July 4th cookies, place them in a cellophane bag with some ribbon and insert them into the can for a sweet surprise!



CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 4 post on Jun. 23, 2012. Thanks again.

Marilyn said...

Thanks for the freebie!! It's my dear FIL's 90th birthday this year (a real July 4th firecracker), so these decorations will be so much fun to make this week. I bought some Pringles for the cans, too! ;D Happy Holiday to you.♥♫

Raquel said...

Love this idea! So cute and easy!