Make your fourth of July one to remember with having pictures that go off with a BANG! Create your very own Independence Day party photo booth / station with a faux rocket as a prop. After the celebration, be patriotic the rest of the month with this fireworks creation in your front yard or flower bed as lawn decor: be wary of waterproofing. With the American flag as inspiration in creating this missile-of-an-art-piece, your family and friends will think you were a true patriot of this spectacular summer holiday.
A Large Hardy Cardboard Tube
Plain White Card Stock Paper
Blue Acrylic Paint
Red Acrylic Paint
Hot Glue Gun
Stake / Rod / Pole
How to Construct Your Faux Rocket:
Dampen your sponge brush with water and gently dry with a paper towel to prime your bush so that it won't soak up too much paint or Mod Podge.
Paint large cardboard tube with blue acrylic paint, and let dry.
Stretch stars image below to fit on a single paged document and print twice.
Cut out all of the stars from both printed papers.
With your sponge brush, coat the stars with Mod Podge to attach them to painted cardboard tube for the rocket's barrel. Be sure to put the ink side down so that just white stars are seen. Space the stars a few inches apart in a straight row around the tube with bottom row having stars centered between the above stars; let dry.
Mod Podge the entire rocket's barrel.
To create your faux rocket's top, get two pieces of plain card stock paper and form a cone using a bit of scotch tape; trim to make a smooth bottom edge.
With sponge brush, paint a spiral up the cone with red acrylic paint; let dry.
Mod Podge the cone top; let dry.
For the rocket's wick, tie on a long piece of twine to the top end of your chosen rod, and then attach this rod to the inside of the faux rocket's barrel tube with duck tape: having the twine run all the way down and out of the tube.
Stuff the the tube with packing paper, and seal bottom with a few coffee filters having a hole poked through the center for twine wick to go through. You may simply cup this coffee filters bottom against the interior packing paper mass and push downward to the bottom of the tube barrel; tape from the inside if preferred, but not needed.
Attach cone top to barrel by using a hot glue gun.
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Revamped Rocket for July 2015!!! Added a silver barrel, which is made from a large oatmeal container in silver wrapping paper coated with a waterproof sealant. I stuffed it with packing paper that went down through the original barrel, and some around the portion that covered the original barrel to make a snug fit. I then hot-glued the new silver barrel to the original barrel as well as hot-glueing the top of the rocket back on.