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Fourth of July DIY: Metallic Faux Firework Sparklers

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It’s time to fire up your Fourth of July with Stars & Stripes! Decorative Artist Mary Childs shares a Modern Masters DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers with lots of Independence Day flair.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $30 Difficulty: Easy
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
Here's what you'll need for this project:
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Oyster, Venetian Blue, Sashay Red, and Silver
  • 2″ PVC Plumbing tubes. Your local hardware store can cut the tubes into assorted sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″.
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3® Primer Spray
  • 1″ and 2″ Brushes and a 1/2″ Stencil Brush
  • 1″ Blue Painters Tape
  • Star Stencil
  • Styrofoam
  • 1/2″ thick white rope
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Bang, Boom, and Pop sticky letters.
  • Clean Rags and Newspaper
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
Cover your working area with the newspaper. Lightly sand all tubes, including the ends. Wipe all tubes with a clean, damp rag to remove any sanding dust and let dry. Spray all the tubes with the primer and let dry overnight.
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
Use the 2″ brush to paint each tube with 2 – 3 coats of Oyster Metallic Paint. Let dry 30 minutes between layers and allow to fully dry after the last opaque layer.
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
As you’re doing several of these, please feel free to vary up the patterns to taste! Tape off all areas to be painted Venetian Blue Metallic Paint or the Sashay Red Metallic Paint and be sure to burnish all taped edges so that no paint leaks through. Apply 2 – 3 coats of your first Metallic Paint color with the 1″ brush. Let dry 30 minutes between coats and allow the final opaque layer to dry at least 2 hours. Repeat this same process with the second Metallic Paint color of choice.
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
Position the star stencil over the Venetian Blue Metallic Paint and tape in place. Stencil the design with the stencil brush and the Silver Metallic Paint. Repeat until desired pattern is achieved. Let dry 30 minutes.
  • fourth of july diy metallic faux firework sparklers
Fill one end of each tube with a piece of Styrofoam and hot glue into place. Apply a piece of the rope to the center of the Styrofoam and glue into place. (This will be your ‘fuse’!) Paint the fuse base the either with the Venetian Blue Metallic Paint or Sashay Red Metallic Paint. Take your Bang, Pop, and Boom letters and arrange them on your desired pieces. Artfully arrange your decor pieces for your Fourth of July event and enjoy!

Got a question about this project?

  • Cindy Kidd

    Reall cute idea. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dodie Singer
    Dodie Singer Orange, CA

    WOW this is a great job and so simple, which I enjoy doing.
    So special for the 4th of July, Happy Birthday America!!!!!
    Thank you so much, Blessings

  • Linda Hunt
    Linda Hunt Canada

    These are quite worth the name heritage pieces and your heirs will indeed tell the stories of how these were made and all the minute work you spent hours creating it all to pass along the chain. The way our "telephone" game goes is sure to have you

  • Karen Merritt3
    Karen Merritt3 Saint Joseph, MO

    What a cool project. Great job!

  • Maude  LaFountain
    Maude LaFountain Kopperl, TX

    Oh I love this ... would even be good for NEW YEARS !!!! just paint a different color or leave them this way .....either way awesome Idea !!!!!!

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