I am back again with another craft made from landscape edging. I can’t help myself. There are some materials that inspire me. This time around it is how to create a safe firecracker.
This is so easy and if you don’t have any wooden landscape edging you can easily make a firecracker from a 2 x 4 or a piece of wood from a pallet. Just cut it to your desired length.
I made two because I decided the one with the metal stake could become a plant decoration. I started sawing it off but I figured I may as well leave it and give it a try.
I wriggled out the black plastic that holds the little posts together by grabbing a bit with the needle nose pliers and moving it up and out. Then I removed the staple by using the upholstery stapler remover and needlenose pliers.
Next I sanded off the finish to the bare wood with my mouse and hand sanding. On the flat top I did use the orbital sander. I used my biggest drill bit to drill a hole in the center. Just eyeball it.
This is so easy. I wrapped a piece of painter’s tape around the edging. You don’t have to measure, place it where it looks good. I was painting a table in white so I used the chalk paint from that project and painted the bottom of the edging white.
Once that was dry I wrapped painters tape around it midway down. I didn’t measure, I eyeballed it. I hope I can explain what I did next so it makes sense. I took a little piece of tape to use as a guide and placed it directly under the first piece of painter’s tape that was wrapped around the edging.
Then I wrapped another piece of tape under the little piece all the way around. Remove the little piece, it is just to make sure the stripes are sort of uniform.
Paint the stripes red. I used my DIY Chalk Paint. Remove the tape. Then tape the red stripe and paint the top blue.
Once the blue paint is dry take a star stencil. For the plant decoration I actually stenciled the star with yellow DIY chalk paint. With the other firecracker I drew around the stencil and painted it in.
After the paint was dried I sanded it down to give it a rustic look. For the firecracker I used Bri Wax and buffed out. For the firecracker to use in a planter I put on two coats of Poly to protect the wood.
I bought yellow rope to use in the candle I made from the landscape edging so I used it on this project. I used regular rope on the firecrackers made from the 2 x 4. Isn’t this the best way to create a safe firecracker?
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