Wooden ‘Firecrackers’

For the next four weekends, my husband and I will be camping. It’s not far from home, so we’ll be able to go right from work on Fridays and stay until late afternoon on Sundays — relaxing and enjoying the Florida sun.

Of course, for me, relaxing and decompressing also means crafting. So, I’ve put together a few simple “craft kits” to take with me on these weekends, and if there is time (ha ha), I’ll work on them and blog about them.

I often take to Pinterest to find ideas, and then I copy them (giving credit where credit is due) or I mix them up a bit to make them mine. This is an idea I saw all over Pinterest, so it would be difficult to give the originator credit — my apologies for that.


The posts that I saw on Pinterest were blocks of 1X2 wood, but I figure you can use whatever you want or whatever you have.



three pieces of scrap wood, red, white, and blue acrylic paints, sandpaper, twine, paint brushes, hot glue gun, and scissors. 

I happened to have three pieces of 2X4 left over from our Wood Block Bunnies project, so rather than make a trip to Lowes or Home Depot, I used what I had.

This is a simple project and I highly recommend you do this with the children or grands. They’ll have a great time.

Remember, I’m camping, so you might see my sweet fur babies or my husband in the background of these photos.

Begin by sanding the wood blocks smooth and maybe even round out the edges.  Then, using a damp towel or paper towel, wipe away all of the dust, making sure the wood blocks are clean. Set aside to dry for just a few minutes.

Once dry, paint each of your blocks, whatever color you want to paint them. I chose to paint mine solid red, white, and blue, but in one of the photos I saw on Pinterest, the blocks were embellished with stars, stripes, etc. Always, remember, these are your projects, so do what you want with them.

You may want to paint more than one coat on the blocks — that’s completely up to you. If you do, let each coat of paint dry before you begin painting over it with another coat. I painted three coats, which will sound silly when you read what I did after they dried.

Set aside to completely dry — about 10-15 minutes.

These are my blocks after painting three coats of paint on each one. But I prefer a more rustic look, so I then sanded off a lot of the paint. I know that doesn’t make sense, but it’s how it goes when you prefer the rustic look.

Now we’re going to add the ‘wick’ by cutting three pieces of twine about 1 1/2-inches long. Put a small dab of hot glue on the end of each piece of twine and then attach it to the center of the top of the block of wood.

Then I cut three pieces of the twine that were each about a yard long and doubled wrapped them around the blocks and tied them in a bow.

So cute and so simple, right?


Watch for another Camping Craft next week.


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