Bubble Wrap Firecracker Craft

Fireworks are one of the best things about Independence Day. They are loud, and colorful, and almost magical in that warm summer sky. If your kids can’t wait until Friday to light up a few fireworks, then this Firecracker Craft is the perfect way to celebrate early. Bubble wrap is placed inside, making a great popping noise maker. This is a fun and easy 4th of July craft the kids will go bonkers for. Make a bunch for friends, family, or neighbors to use as well.

Bubble Wrap Firecracker Craft

Bubble Wrap Firecracker Craft

Supplies for Fire Cracker:

  • Bubble wrap – hopefully you have some left over from a package that came to your house.
  • Toilet paper roll – start saving a few of these as they always come in handy for crafting projects.
  • Pipe cleaners – these are also great to have handy.
  • Decorations – paint, markers, paper, stickers, tissue paper, etc…
  • Scissors, Glue/Tape/Stapler

Supplies for Fire Cracker

First tape both ends of the pipe cleaner to each end of the Firecracker. You could staple the pipe cleaner in place as well. Then twist your pipe cleaner together for more of a fuse look.

taping firecracker

twisting firecracker

Then roll up a 2×3 inch size of bubble wrap. Using a little glue or tape, stick it into your empty toilet paper roll. I just taped mine on the top and the bottom. The tape is going to get covered with your decorations anyway.

bubble wrap firecrackers

bubble tape firecrackers

For the decorations, you can paint them with red, white, and blue paint. Or glue on paper. Or use markers to make a flag or stars. We even cut a little orange tissue paper and simply stuck them to the tops of the fuse to make it look like it was ready to blow!

painting firecracker

fire for firecrackers

Now the kids are ready to set off their firecrackers. Have them put their fingers or thumbs into the tube and pop the bubble wrap. When the bubble wrap is popped, it sounds like fireworks are going off in your house. Have fun and enjoy firecrackers a little early this year.

Here are more 4th of July crafts to try:

  1. 4th of July Craft: Paper Plate Crowns
  2. Watercolor Flags for the 4th of July
  3. Simple 4h of July Centerpieces
  4. Red, White and Blue Centerpiece for the 4th of July
  5. 4th of July Pipe Cleaner Sparklers
  6. Crafty 4th of July Firework Pom Poms
  7. Patriotic Paper Lollies



  1. for our church vbs, Gallactic Blast, we had a 12 ft tunnel (for the astronauts to walk thru to space station, 8″w x8″h, covered in dark fabric, with lights, stars, planets, etc. but the best was bubble wrap on floor!!!! it was so fun!

  2. I just made these with my kids and they look great. We made them just for decoration without the bubble wrap (had none), and we were out of pipe cleaners so we used black flexi-straws instead. Thanks for a wonderful idea! I haven’t crafted with my kids in faaaaaar too long, but now that I’ve found your blog I’m planning to do tons of your crafts with them throughout the summer! Thanks.

    And I love the 4th of July ideas. Since we live abroad we just have a small celebration at home with our little family, so I love to try and make it as festive as possible. This will be our first 4th of July with “fireworks” now that we’ve made these firecrackers. :)

  3. What a fun idea — My girls LOVE bubble wrap — this will give it a whole new twist!

    We’ll be doing this today. Thanks for keeping the fun ideas coming!

  4. I don’t know how you keep coming up with new ideas. That is darling! I’m going to go search the house for bubble wrap right now!

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