I have a confession to make – I have a drawer full of recycled toilet paper rolls in the bathroom. My husband even asks me whenever he finishes a roll to see if he should save the cardboard.
It’s time to break out some toilet paper rolls! The 4th of July is just around the corner, and I always have fond memories of watching fireworks at the beach. So we are celebrating with an easy toilet paper roll firework craft for kids!
This toilet paper roll activity is great for Memorial Day, New Year’s Day, and whatever other holidays you celebrate with fireworks. The fireworks artwork you create will make the holidays more festive, and if you use red, white, and blue, more patriotic!
Fireworks Painting Activity
- Toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls cut in half)
- Red and blue paint (we used glitter paint to add extra sparks!)
- Paper plates
- Optional: other paint colors
- Optional: paintbrush
- Cut slits around one side of the toilet paper roll with scissors. You can cut the slits as long and as wide as you wish.
- Use your fingers to press or fold down the sides of the roll to the end of the slit. You can press down on them on the table to fan them out.
- Pour the paints on paper plates. You can pour one color per plate, or you can pour a couple of colors on one plate to get a different effect.
- Tilt the plate so that the paint can spread out on the plate. If you are having trouble getting the paint to spread out, then you can use a paintbrush to help.
- Dip the toilet paper roll in the blue paint gently.
- Stamp the toilet paper roll on a piece of paper.
- Use a separate toilet paper roll, dip it in the red paint.
- Stamp the toilet paper roll on top of the blue “fireworks.”
- Repeat for more fireworks!
- Optional: Fireworks are not just blue and red! Play with other color combinations and see what you come up with!
My kids had so much fun stamping out their fireworks. In a typical boy style, my son went a little crazy and ran around stamping as fast as he could. I had to keep reminding him that his sister needed the toilet paper rolls too and that he could destroy the stamps and ruin the fun for the rest of us.
If you don’t want to clean your table or floor, do cover the surface with newspaper or tablecloth. As much as we tried to be neat, the paint did get on our floors. It wasn’t a problem wiping them off since we used washable paint, but still a mess that we needed to clean up.
We ended using orange and purple paints as well and different colored construction papers. With how much the kids enjoyed painting with toilet paper rolls and the fact that I still have a dozen in my drawer, we will definitely be revisiting this firework toilet paper roll craft for New Year’s Day celebration!
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