• Vicki Manning

Glitter fireworks craft

I have a confession to make. I haven't bought glitter since my eldest was a baby. That's over a decade ago!

That's not the confession though.

I told myself I haven't bought any more because I was being eco-conscious. We would just use up what little we had left and never buy any more. So as much as my kids love the idea, the answer to "can I get the glitter out" was always no.

But I now know that I as telling myself a big fat lie. That's my confession... The reason I haven't used glitter in all those years... the MESS! I'd forgotten just how much the glitter gets EVERYWHERE. That's the real reason I stopped using it.

Cut to Bonfire Night 2020 - no displays, the kids feeling a bit despondent and needing something to cheer them up. We want something colourful and sparkly to make up for the lack of fireworks. I relent. The old glitter comes out.

At the end of a crazy session, with Mr 21m losing his little mind and wanting to glitter every surface, we end up with some beautiful sparkly fireworks.

So, was it worth it? You can be the judge of that. The kids had a ball making them; it entertained a 21m, 5 year old and 10 year old at the same time, and the end results are undeniably gorgeous, the afternoon sun sparkling on them is so pretty. What's more, there are so many psychological and physical benefits of creating together. So I'm thinking yes, while I'm wiping the last of the glitter off the skirting board, it was worth it.

Will we ever use glitter again? Possibly not. But if we do, I will at least buy us some eco glitter. As I do care about the environment. Just not quite as much as I care about the mess.

If you fancy making some beautiful sparkly firework pictures like us, then you will need:

- Black cardstock

- PVA glue

- Glitter in a variety of colours

- Toilet or kitchen roll inner

- Scissors

- Plate

Take your TP roll and cut slits about 2" deep all the way around. Older children can help with this part of the process!

Bend all the slits back on themselves to make your exploding firework shape. Try to ensure they bend at the same point.

Pour some glue on your plate and dip the end of the TP roll in. Make sure it's loaded with quite a bit of glue and all the slits are covered as this will give you better results.

Push this onto your cardstock to leave a gluey print.

You can press the edges down for a sharper effect, or like Mr 21m, you can move it around a bit which makes a more abstract explosion that's still super pretty.

Now for the fun bit! Sprinkle glitter liberally over the glue until covered, then give the paper a little tap to remove excess (I told my boys to do this away from their body so that it lands on the table not all over them!)

Leave to dry then display somewhere the sun or a light will hit it, so you admire it twinkling as you walk past.

These are so pretty I think I'll keep them for decorating the house next year.

What do you think of glitter? Love it or hate it? Comment below!

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