I have another fun, crafty idea for your 4th of July decorations using gorgeous ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, scrapbook paper, tissue paper and a household item we all throw away when it’s used up. (Well, unless you’re a crafter, then you probably hoard these! You might even take them from other people’s trashcans!)

4th of July Decorations: Patriotic Firecracker Bunting

Did you guess? These patriotic firecrackers are made using empty toilet paper rolls!

I have to thank Martha for the original inspiration for this craft. But I had to craft it up a notch and embellish my firecrackers with gorgeous patriotic ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat, sponsors of this month’s Crafty Hangouts series.

If you love ribbon like I love ribbon, be sure to check out The Ribbon Retreat. They sell lots of gorgeous grosgrain, velvet and satin ribbon, plus ric rac, trim and more in every color and pattern imaginable.

Through Sept. 30, The Ribbon Retreat is offering Crafty Hangouts viewers a 10 percent discount on all purchases. Just use code CH10 at checkout!

Patriotic Crafts wiht Ribbons #ribbonhoa #craftyhangouts
Twelve bloggers are sharing some fabulous patriotic crafts that you can make with ribbon as part of our #ribbonhoa series. You can watch the full playlist on YouTube.

4th of July Decorations: Patriotic Firecracker Bunting

Now, let me show you how I made my toilet paper roll firecrackers!

Instead of just making party favors out of my firecrackers, I decided to use them as 4th of July decorations.

4th of July Decorations: Patriotic Firecracker Bunting

I used hot glue to attach clothespins to the back of each firecracker. Then, I clipped them on a length of red chevron ribbon, looped at each end to create a patriotic bunting.

4th of July Decorations: Patriotic Firecracker Bunting

I made sure to alternate the direction of the clothespins so I could have some firecrackers facing up and some facing down.

You may also notice that the tops of these firecrackers are slightly different than the ones I showed in my video. I made these using 4-inch circles of scrapbook paper, with a slit cut halfway through each one, so I could shape them into cones. Either method works well; you can use the pattern here, or cut out circles. It’s really a matter of personal preference.

Be sure to pin this craft so you can make your own patriotic fire crackers.

4th of July Decorations: Patriotic Firecracker Bunting

If you like these firecrackers, you may also like these:

Fire Crackers Easy Party Food Recipe

Spicy Fire Crackers (a great party snack!)



  1. Those are so fun and so cute!

  2. These are so fun! I love them!
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  3. Cute! We make these every year with my boys, but I’ve never thought to turn them into a garland!
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  4. These are soooooo cute!
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  5. How fun! I love them!

  6. Those are adorable! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Darling bunting! I love how bright and whimsical they are. :)

  8. What a cute idea! I love these!
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  9. Very creative idea! Thanks for sharing this article.
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  10. These are super cute.
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  11. Oh my goodness, this is so adorable!
    I just LOVE it!
    Thanks for sharing at Something to Talk About!

  12. What a great craft! We will be having a huge party for the 4th, but I don’t think I’ll have time to make these :( (We’re moving in to a new house the week of the 15th…the 4th will be our “open house” party)

    Stopping by from sharefest!
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  13. Crafters can never have too many toilet paper rolls, or too many ideas of things to make with them! My son has Summer Break soon and this will be a good project to keep him occupied, for a few minutes anyway.

    Congratulations on the feature on Happiness is Homemade Link Up.
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  14. This is so cute! Thanks for posting. Hello from Handmade Hangout.

  15. What a blast of an idea! Think I’ll have to give this a shot for the 4th. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. :)

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  16. I absolutely loved this firecrackers bunting. I have featured you on my Tuesday Treasures form the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Hop over and check it out!
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  17. Atta Girl Amy

    I bought that on clearance a few years ago at The Christmas Tree Shop. I don’t know if you have one of those near you, but I have noticed that often bring back the same merchandise every year.

    Sorry I couldn’t direct you to a place where you can definitely find them. If I spot them anywhere else, I’ll be sure to let you know.



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