I have been waiting all year long to start decorating our small front porch for the Fourth of July. I start decorating the rest of the home in red, white and blue before memorial day, but I figure I should keep my crazy premature decorating out of sight from our neighbors… at least until it’s closer to the fourth and a more appropriate time. But, as part of this new, little area to start decorating, I needed some new things. I saw lots of these firecrackers on Pinterest or smaller versions in stores, but of course, I wanted to make my own DIY Firecracker Pillars!This article may contain affiliate links. For more information, visit my disclosure page.
These do take a little bit of time and require some basic tools, but I think they’re totally worth it. Red, white and blue decor is just so fun to me. I’m not really the most patriotic person, but I can’t help but fall into the trap once summer rolls around. I turn into this crazy, patriotic decorating fiend. But, really, it’s probably just my withdrawals from not having a holiday to decorate for since Easter haha.
Anyways, here’s what I used to make these firecrackers:
4×4 8 foot lumber board cut to 18”, 24” and 30”
Red, white and blue acrylic paint
1” Boring Bit
12” Manila rope cut to three 3″ pieces
.94” Painters Tape
4 Small wooden stars
Scrap plywood about 6×16” for base
To begin with, I had all my wood cut at Home Depot. For any project that requires wood longer than 5 feet, I have it cut in-store unless it wont fit in my car. Another reason I want a truck.
Once I had all that home, I taped off the top sections for the blue tops and then one piece down the middle of each side for the stripes. I didn’t measure any of these, I just eye-balled it to make sure each one looked even.
For painting, I started with the white stripes and then removed the vertical pieces of tape to fill in the red stripes, keeping the horizontal pieces attached.
After that, I took all the tape off and painted the blue tops.
While that was drying, I cut a piece of scrap plywood into a base and painted it blue. I also painted the wooden stars white and roughed all the pieces’ edges up a bit with sandpaper.
Then I could move onto sanding the pillars and giving them a real nice rustic look. This step could be skipped, but just like my DIY farmhouse sign, I always prefer things to be more weathered and old looking.
After that, I needed to drill a shallow hole in the top of the pillars so the rope “wicks” could be easily stuck to the tops. I just used a 1” boring bit to do this.
And then, for this step, I learned a lesson. You will start out with three wicks, but then your dog will mistake one for a toy and destroy it before you ever have a chance to use it. I swear, I set the third wick down, put glue in the hole where it would have gone, turn around, and the wick was gone. You can see the culprit in the back…
So, for now, one of my firecrackers is wick-less haha. I’ll just make sure to pick up some more rope the next time I’m at Home Depot. But, really that’s all it took. Drill the hole, fill it with wood glue, and press the wick into the hole. I also just stuck on the wooden stars with wood glue and they held fine.
Again, I love how this project turned out! Making my own holiday decorations is always so much more fun than buying them, plus usually much cheaper. For these photos I just threw these in front of the fireplace in our living room, which I loved, but I’ll definitely be moving these outside to the front porch. I just wish I could sit an look at them all day!
Hopefully you like these pillars as well, and you’re feeling inspired to make your own Fourth of July firecrackers! Or, you can check out the rest of my Fourth of July DIYs and recipes here!