This DIY was something I came up with after pulling out what supplies I already had in my craft cabinet. And honestly, I think it turned out so cute. I wanted to recreate a night at Disneyland when the fireworks are on full display. It’s going to look adorable on a shelf or bookcase and there’s a fun surprise when the lights go out.
|Supplies List:||Tools List:|
|Flat Rectangle Wood Piece 2.75″x7″||Hot Glue Gun + Glue|
|Assorted Circles and Ovals||Tacky Glue|
|1.5″ (appx) Wooden Letters||Paintbrush|
|Black Acrylic Paint||Pencil|
|White, Yellow, Red, Blue Paint Pens||Toothpick|
|Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint|
|Gold Glitter Paint|
|Navy Acrylic Paint|
Let the Show Begin!
I decided to use the word “Magic” for my fireworks display because it fits the Disneyland brand and also describes the feeling of watching fireworks. I painted all of the wooden matchsticks (5 total) and my circles and ovals with black paint.
You can see in my supplies photo that I already decided on placement for my fireworks. I used 2 larger circles, 3 medium circles, and 2 small–more like tiny–circles along with 4 medium ovals.
While the circles were drying, I started painting the main rectangular piece of wood with navy and black to create a gradient that represented the night sky.
To make this ombre effect, I started with a mix of my two colors. Once satisfied with the middle of my gradient, I darkened up one side with black and kept the other side pure navy.
I also painted the sides and back navy.
Next, I painted my letters metallic gold. Once they dried, I painted using a glitter paint as a top coat.
While the letters dried, I decided to use my paint pens to create my fireworks. I started with white and yellow, but added other colors for fun.
For the base, I created some dots (varied long and short dots) in the shapes of exploding fireworks. The circles got the usual round fireworks and the ovals got the “weeping willow” type fireworks.
I used the colored paint pens overtop the white, leaving some white revealed. I also added yellow dots in-between the white dots to add some dimension.
On the base rectangle, I added a variety of tiny white dots to act as stars. To soften some of these dots, I used the pad of my finger to dab the wet paint.
Then, I glued down my letters using tacky glue. I decided to align them to the bottom so I didn’t have to worry about keeping everything straight.
On the back, I measured 1/2″ from the top of my piece and drew a line using a pencil.
Sorry, it’s flipped now–Then, I marked out where center was and divided each half into half. I hot glued down my wooden matchsticks where I marked.
After the matchsticks were secured, I hot glued each of my fireworks bursts in the design I planned earlier.
Lastly, I used a toothpick and glow-in-the-dark paint and dotted each firework and star. Charge it up near a light source and you’re ready for the show!
The Big Finale
Thanks for joining me! This project might not have had a lot of planning, but it was sure fun to create and I hope you’re inspired to create your own fireworks DIY. The glow-in-the-dark paint works well–my bottle is a few years old and it still works–and it’s a nice little piece you can put in your bedroom or guest room.
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