Fourth of July Rockets

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The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, and my three boys love it just as much as I do. To get our home ready for the holiday, we created these fun Independence Day rocket decorations from some basic supplies and recyclables.


  • cardboard tubes—toilet paper, paper towels, gift wrap, etc.
  • white glue
  • paper—construction or scrapbook papers work well
  • straws
  • decorations and embellishments—glitter, sequins, ribbons, pipe cleaners, etc.
  • paint and paint brushes, tissue paper for “flames” (optional)


  1. 4th 1Start by decorating your tubes any way you wish. Have fun with it! We glittered, painted and decoupaged patterned papers onto our tubes. We also used glitter glue to write “USA” on a few of them and added sequins to others. (TIP: We discovered that our tubes dried quickly in the sunshine when placed over wooden skewers pushed upright into the grass.)

  2. 4th 2To create the rocket cap, cut a circle from a sheet of paper. I traced around a lid from my kitchen, and my circles were approximately 5″ across. Cut a slit halfway through to the center of the circle. Roll into a cone shape and secure with glue. Use the glue to attach the cap to the rocket, and add a straw “fuse” and tissue paper “flames” to the other end.

  3. 4th 3Slip the straws over the skewers again for the final drying.

A bunch of these lining a walkway would make such a great decoration! Have a happy 4th!

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