Pinspiration - child safe sparklers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sparklers are fun and festive, but not necessarily safe, especially for little ones. So, we're creating some Patriotic Sparkle the kids can wave around.

Fireworks are almost synonymous with the Fourth of July, but the Sparklers just aren't safe for the kids and are actually illegal in some areas.

So, I have an easy DIY craft to let your child have their own flame-free sparkler!

What you need:
- Plastic or wood craft picks, cheap pack of skewers will work
- Craft or tissue paper
- Ribbon (gift wrap ribbon is perfect)
- Tape and/or glue

Fold a piece of paper/tissue in half, and cut fringe. This will be your base and outside piece.

Cut strips of other pieces of paper. I started with red for my base, and then used strips of white and blue tissue paper.

Drizzle a little glue, white glue works great, in between the layers of paper, just to hold it all together.

You can also layer in pieces of curling ribbon.

Since I used a cheap wood skewer, I poked the sharp end through the bottom center of my now-layered paper and ribbon.

Then you'll bunch up the base of paper on the stick, and wrap a good tape around it. I used strips of red tape.

These are great for centerpieces and then you can give it to the little ones to wave around.

To see these projects and more, click on the "Pinspiration" board on Heather's Pinterest page,, or Erin Barnett's Pinterest page at

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