homemade 4th of july rockets
Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays (along with Halloween and Christmas), and my three boys love it just as much as I do. To get our home ready for the holiday, we created these fun Independence Day rocket decorations from some basic supplies and recyclables.
supplies for making diy rockets

 What You Will Need:

  • Cardboard tubes – toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap, etc.
  • White glue
  • Paper – construction or scrapbook papers work well
  • Straws
  • Decorations & embellishments – glitter, sequins, ribbons, pipe cleaners, etc.
  • Optional: paint, paint brushes, tissue paper for “flames”
kids assembling easy 4th of july kids craft

Start by decorating your tubes any way that you wish. Have fun with it! We glittered, painted and decoupaged patterned papers on to our tubes. We also used glitter glue to write “USA” on a few of them and added sequins to others.

rocket tubes placed in backyard

We discovered that our tubes dried quickly in the sunshine when placed over wooden skewers pushed into the grass.

rocket cap being made

To create the rocket cap, cut a circle from a sheet of paper. I traced around a lid from my kitchen, and my circles were approximately 5″ across. Cut a slit halfway through to the center of the circle. Roll into a cone shape and secure with glue. Use the glue to attach the caps to the rockets, add a straw “fuse” and tissue paper “flames.”

many crafted rockets set up in yard

We slipped the straws over the skewers again for the final drying. Don’t they look cute in the grass like this? I think a whole bunch of these lining a walkway would make such a great decoration!

TP roll rockets for 4th of July

I hope that you have a wonderful summer full of memories, and that your 4th of July is magical!

toilet paper tube rockets

Hope you have a fun and safe Independence Day!

signature of Heidi from Happiness is Homemade craft blog
This post originally appeared on Design Dazzle as part of the 2013 Summer Camp series.

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  1. I’m trying to get ideas for our farmers market ministry. Our church does crafts with the kids. I have found some wonderful crafts.