In the run up to Bonfire Night, we like to do some themed crafts. I had some black card left over from another craft and I thought we’d do some firework paintings. They’re really simple to do and great for pre-schoolers, right up to adults. I joined in the fun too and although my painting wasn’t a patch on his, I still enjoyed it.
I sometimes feel a bit sorry for Bonfire Night. When I was growing up it was a much bigger celebration, these days Halloween gets all the attention. Not so in our house, I do enjoy putting together a Bonfire Night feast, wrapping up to go and watch a local firework display and having sparklers in the garden. It’s cold at this time of year, so having some crafts up your sleeve is never a bad thing.
Easy Firework Paintings
You will need:
Black paper or card
Cardboard toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes
Paper plates or plates you can wash the paint off later
Coloured poster paint, I used three fireworky colours
How to make your Easy Firework Paintings:
Take your poster paint and put a generous amount of paint on each plate.
Using a pair of scissors (maybe get an adult to do this bit) cut a line about 6cm long and half cm intervals up the tube (see picture below). Once you’ve done this all around the tube, splay the cut pieces out.
Dip your cut tube into the paint and dab firework shapes onto your card. The painting looks best if you use two or three different colours to give the impression of a sky lit up with fireworks.
Try not to mix the paint colours up too much, though interesting colour mixes can make for quite a pretty firework.
Leave your paintings to dry and then stick them on the fridge or wherever you display your artworks! We think our paintings look pretty good. What do you think?
If you enjoyed this, you might like to try my recipe for Bonfire Night Treacle Toffee Pan Pops.