Have a Red, White, and Blue day for the 4th of July with this easy fireworks craft and art project idea for toddlers and preschoolers up to pre-teens. Kids will have so much fun with this easy toilet roll fireworks craft. It’s such a simple project to celebrate the 4th and Memorial Day! You can even change up the colors and theme for New Year’s Eve activities, Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year), or Diwali crafts


Fireworks Craft Supplies

Note you can also use paper towel rolls or purchase cardboard tubes from the craft store or Amazon if you don’t have enough toilet paper rolls available.

TIP: Change up the color of paint if you want to vary your fireworks colors like you might see during a celebration!

You Will Need:

  • toilet paper roll
  • red craft or acrylic paint 
  • blue craft or acrylic paint
  • paintbrushes 
  • red glitter (optional)
  • blue glitter (optional)
  • white cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • paper plate 

Free Printable 4th of July Activity Pack

We have many fun and free summer printables to keep you busy, and most are paired with hands-on activities!

4th of July Activity Pack

How To Make Firework Stamps

Easy Setup

STEP 1. Make even cuts or slits about halfway up the side of the toilet paper roll to about the middle and all around the bottom of the roll. 

TIP: You can also make toilet paper tubes with slits that are not as long to vary the size.


STEP 2. Gently push the cuts outward until they lay almost flat on a surface. 

STEP 3. Repeat this step on another toilet paper roll. 


STEP 4. Pour craft paint on a paper plate in a circle. Use a paintbrush to distribute the paint evenly. 


Painting Fireworks

Your toilet paper tube will make a fun fireworks shape on the paper, but it’s important to press gently.

TIP: Use black cardstock instead for a night sky!

STEP 1. Dip the toilet paper roll into the paint. To make sure all of the strips are covered, use the end of a paintbrush to press down into the paint gently. Continue this step until the strips are evenly covered. 


STEP 2. Gently press the painted toilet paper roll down onto the white cardstock. Again, to make sure the roll prints well onto the page, use the end of the paintbrush to press each strip down onto the paper. 


STEP 3. Gently lift the toilet paper roll off the page and set it aside.


Optional: Pour the desired amount of glitter onto the wet paint. Shake off the excess glitter. 


Repeat the steps above for the other paint color and toilet paper roll. Create the desired amount of fireworks on the white cardstock paper. Set aside to dry.

Display your super easy 4th of July craft for holiday celebrations!


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