Last-minute 4th of July project. Great way to recycle those sturdy tobacco cans. Once finished you can’t even tell that’s what it’s made of.
You can find my tutorial here.
Because of feeling icky this week AND my desire to find projects that can easily be completed while sitting, I decided to make shotgun shell firecrackers, a craft for the Fourth of July.
Why are they called shotgun shell firecrackers? Because they are made from the empty shells that my redneck son and his friends gifted me with after target practice, hunting…whatever it is they do…
I used two different shell sizes for these firecrackers–12 and 20 gauge. They each have slightly different diameters and heights. I’m not sure of other shells, but the instructions I’ll give for these can be adjusted for other sizes.
Since I was going to make a lot of them at one time, I cut out and prepared all my pieces so that I could assemble without stopping and hunting down more supplies.
First, I filled all the shells with stuffing. The only purpose the stuffing is used for is to fill up the shell and create a stage at the top to set the “fuse” on. You don’t have to use Polyfil. Yarn, shredded paper or some other scrap something or other can be used. It won’t show.
I cut out 3-inch squares of fabric to wrap around the shells. I applied glue to the plastic tube of the shell, starting just above the metal on the base. I then wrapped a fabric square around the tube. You will have a bit of fabric extending from the top. You want it to do that.
I ripped 1-inch wide strips of blue fabric to tie around the shells.
The ends were trimmed and I glued a 1-inch star over the knot.
The fabric extending from the top of the shells was cut down so that approximately a 1/2-inch was extending.
The fuses are 1-inch long pieces of rusty baling wire. I applied a dot of glue to the top of the stuffing and placed one end of a fuse in the glue.
Using crochet thread and an embroidery needle, I sewed a running stitch around the top of the fabric and gathered the tube closed around the fuse.
As an added touch, I inserted this little flag pic under the tie around one of the firecrackers. I kinda like it, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to put the flags in all of them or just some. What do you think? Does it make them look too busy?
These ornies look cute as a bunch in a bowl, or they can stand on their own. You could also add a hanger if you wanted to display them from a hook or a Christmas in July tree display.
Are you ready for a relaxing holiday weekend with family and friends?
With that in mind, I decided to post the links to a few of my patriotic tutorials.
Have fun and enjoy!
Have a great weekend!
I think this table would be perfect in country, ranch or cabin decor. Yippee ki-yay!
I found the table at an auction. One of the curly handles was missing. Nobody wanted it, so the auctioneer offered it to me. Hey, don’t judge me! It was free! As I was toting it to my car, I noticed something on the ground. It was the missing handle. Yep, it was meant to be.
I reattached the handle, added numerous screws that were missing and used wood filler to fill in and smooth out a multitude of problems. Once the structure of the table was repaired, the transformation was ready to begin.
I sanded the table…and sanded the table…and sanded the table. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise sanding?
I had this barn red paint I was excited to try. My son thought it was funny that I was painting a brown table red, when a couple of weeks ago I painted a red chair brown. What? Hey kid, this is technical stuff!
I liked it, but it needed more something, something. I stenciled several white stars of differing sizes on the table’s top. Feeling a bit quirky, I clustered them all together and off center.
Time for aging. Yes, it was old looking when I started, but my way allows it to look old gracefully. I sanded the painted surface. I don’t mind this kind of sanding. It’s usually pretty quick. Once cleaned up, I applied a light brown paint-stain.
And she’s done!
I’ve been working on projects to sell at my local store.
Bowl fillers are popular and help to fill the store shelves. No pun intended.
Quilted Hearts and Bunnies
As requested. A better photo of the quilted bunny.
Long Chenille Flag Pillows
Primitive Clothespin Bags
I also have a dresser, chair and windows in the works, but they aren’t quite ready for their reveal.