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DIY Wooden Firecrackers: Summer Front Porch Decorating

Many moons ago, we purchased a set of wooden firecrackers that I have been using for my Fourth of July Decorating ever since. Even though the original set of Wooden Firecrackers had been repainted, it was time to give me a fresh look again.

But this time, we decided it would be fun to share the instructions with you so you can make your own. And since it was time to do a little Summer Front Porch Decorating, it was perfect timing.

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The construction on the Wooden Firecrackers is not difficult, and with a few standard tools you can make your own, but they did take some time.

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I love how the Front Porch looks with the pop of Red, White & Blue. We used the Patriotic Shutter that Doug painted last year, the pillow on the chair received a little update with a red and white checkered napkin for the cover. The Vintage Red Coleman Cooler is fun too, and screams Summertime to me. And the galvanized double bucket is full of annual flowers.

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I added some grapevine and wide burlap ribbon that was left over from the Spring Mantel to break up the edges of the shutter a bit.

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So let’s get busy making some Wooden Firecrackers…

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First you will need to get a 6 1/2 foot by 3 1/2 inch wooden fence post, they can be found at most farm supply stores or stores that sell lumber. Cut it into 3 lengths – 30 inch, 22 inch and 14 inches.

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Then using a 1 inch wood boring bit, drill out a hole about 1 1/4″ deep.

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Then give them a good coat of white primer. We left them unsanded, because we wanted the Firecrackers to look rustic.

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Tip – set the poles on top of large nails to raise them off the surface a bit so the paint brush can reach the bottom easily.

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After the primer dries, it’s time to paint. After painting the Garden Art Shutters, Doug has fallen in love with Krylon ColorMaster, so he bought some for this project as well. He used Bright White Satin, Navy Blue Gloss and Cherry Red Gloss.

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Then using Frog Tape he covered the entire pole.

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Then mark each of the areas that will be painted, the stars and the stripes. The largest Firecracker is marked 9 inches from the top, the middle size 7 inches and the shortest one is 5 inches from the top. The stripes are each 2 inches wide and the pattern for the star was printed from an internet search.

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After the red paint is dry, now it’s time to add the stars and blue paint. Trace around a star template.

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Then he cut and remove the Frog Tape from the areas for the red stripes, spray the edges with white paint to seal them down.

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Then spray paint each of the poles with red, you may need several coats, let dry in between and then over night.

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Cut out around the star where the blue paint will go, leaving the star covered with tape.

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Spray with blue paint, you may need several coats, let it dry in between coats.

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After the paint is completely dry, peel away the tape where the star is.

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Touch up using a small foam brush. Doug used the same spray paint, and just spray it into a container and then touched up around the edges, that way the color of the paint is the same.

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Then cut pieces of rope and push into the holes for the wick.

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Comments

  1. The wooden firecrackers are so cute!
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  2. Those would be great decorations for our deck!!
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  3. Love the wooden firecrackers! So fun! I need to get my Fourth of July Decorations on.. I have nothing out yet!

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