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Blast Off: Moving firework paper plate craft for kids

Kate Williams

03 November 2017

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3 minutes

This fun fireworks craft is easy to make and a great way to get your kids excited about Bonfire Night without you having to brave the cold outside. The firework makes a cute little rocket that once your kids have finished making this they can have fun getting it to zoom about too!

Easy and movable firework paper plate craft for kids

To make this moving firework paper plate craft you will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Craft sticks
  • Black paint
  • Scissors
  • Glue / tape
  • White card
  • Felt tip pens
  • Star stickers

How to make this moving firework paper plate craft:

  1. Prepare your black paper plate (either by painting or pre-bought!)
  2. Decorate your plate with star stickers
  3. Cut a line from one side of your plate to the other, being careful to not cut the edges
  4. Draw your firework shape on a piece of card and decorate
  5. Cut out your firework and stick it to a craft stick
  6. Push your firework through the line in the plate, and move it to play!

Let's make it:

There are three ways to start this craft off depending on how brave you are feeling. Firstly, get your kids to paint your paper plates black, just be sure to keep lots of baby wipes close to hand. Your second option is to wait until you have a few child-free minutes and paint the paper plates black yourself and then just bring them out when they are dry. The third? Buy some black paper plates. All options are perfectly ok, I generally get my kids to do everything from scratch but I've also let my daughter go wild on black paint before and then realised that my lovely new bathroom is only a day old and boy, did I regret that one! I'm now slightly more relaxed about that and try and get the balance right between creativity and chaos. Never easy with kids!

A kid decorating a paper plate with star stickers

Once your paper plate is dry you are ready to decorate it with star stickers. Of course, my kids are from the 'more is more' school of thought so they weren't really satisfied until every star in the pack was on their paper plate.

Next carefully cut a line from one side of the paper plate to the other without cutting through the edges (You want your firework to stay in the middle). It doesn't matter at all if this is wobbly as you want your firework to be able to zoom about as they please.

A kid shows off her firework design

Next, on a bit of card draw out the shape of your firework. I had to remind my kids what these look like because although they've seen firework displays before they've never really seen the actual rockets up close. My daughter who has just turned four had a bit of frustration here with her drawing so originally asked me to draw the shape (triangle and a rectangle) which she then coloured in and drew whizzy bits coming off the end. Then she changed her mind and drew a big round firework with an eye. I know better than to argue that fireworks don't actually have eyes and she was really happy with her eyeball firework so that's what she ended up with!

Drawing a firework to use in this paper plate craft

Once you are happy with your firework, cut it out and then stick a craft stick to the back of it. I tend to use washi tape for this as unlike glue it dries instantly so you can play with it straight away and it's easier to tear or move about than normal sellotape.

Use sellotape to attach your firework to a craft stick

Thread your craft stick through the gap in your paper plate and your firework craft is finished and ready to zoom through the night.

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A kid with his finished paper plate fireworks craft



Kate Williams

03 November 2017

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Kate Williams is a mum of two young kids and a blogger at Crafts on Sea where she shares fun but achievable ideas for families. Kate is one of our much loved Trusted Explorers, which means all content has been written exclusively for in exchange for a contribution to their family piggy bank. All posts are first hand, honest and based on real experiences.

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