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{Creative Palette} Life-size Firecrackers & Pots

May marked what is I think only the 2nd time I didn’t make it to Creative Palette class at 2nd Chance Restoration 😢. Due to a crazy schedule, I just couldn’t make it fit in last month, and boy was I bummed!! Kelly had some great projects, including 3 life size firecrackers that I so wish I was there to make.

For the firecrackers, you just need some 4″x4″ wood, rope, straw ribbon and paint – Kelly used Mineral and Milk paint, specifically because the MMS Milk Paint dries super fast!

To start, it’s time to sand! Once you have sanded a 12″, 18″ and 24″ 4″x4″ on all six sides of each piece, it’s time to paint all four sides white. While you the white paint was drying, you can get started on your pot.

In comparison to other projects we’ve done, the pot is super easy. Around the top rim, glue some twine down and wrap the entire top rim with twine. Additionally, the class added a vinyl saying to the pot: “you grow girl”.

Once all the paint is dry on the firecrackers, apply a 1″ wide piece of tape around the wood where you want the blue area to end, about 1/3 of the way down. Then tape from there to the bottom one each corner – you want to cover everything you want to keep white. Also, on the top, apply some vinyl or tape stars to cover the white stars that you want to have showing. Before painting the other colors, drill a hole on the top, just large enough to stick the end of some rope in, to be the wick on the firework.

Then paint everything above the tape band on the sides blue and paint the lower middle section one each of the four sides red. While you wait for this to dry, you can carefully paint the top white.

The the final step for the firecrackers is to glue the rope in and take off the tape. Then you can take some straw ribbon and wrap it around the firecrackers for a completed look!