Today I am going to show you how to make a cute little favor to display on your picnic table. These are so quick and easy to make.
Once I had the wrappers designed, assembly took no more than 15 minutes for all 3 of these!
Not only are these cute in the US colors of Red, White and Blue but I think they would be equally cute in some other national colors!
As soon as I saw Jennifer Labre’s newest kit “Glory” (which will be available in The Digichick store on 6/3), I knew exactly what I was going to make.
Her kit “Glory” had THE perfect papers and the fun little stars I was looking for!
Shhhhh! Don’t tell the Boss that I’m giving you a sneak peek!!!
Here are the supplies you will need:
1. Using your photo editing program, open a blank canvas – this will be your firecracker wrapper. I gently removed the label from my roll of lifesavers and measured the original label. (I converted my fraction measurements into decimal measurements using webmath.com. My blank canvas is 3 1/8″ height x 3″ width which equals 3.125″ height x 3″ width).
2. Using digital papers of your choice, design your firecracker label. Resize and rotate the paper to your liking. I kept my original lifesaver wrapper in view so that I designed my wrappers correctly. These can be as simple or complicated as you’d like.
For the striped firecracker, I layered Jennifer’s white paper over top of her solid red paper. Using my rectangle marquee tool, I drew 1/4″ wide vertical stripes every quarter inch and deleted the white paper in each section as I went.
3. Next, still using the Rectangle marquee tool, I draw a 1″ horizontal band across the top of my wrapper, added a new layer, and then Jennifer’s blue paper.
4. Position a few stars along the blue border.
5. Next I chose a few star elements from the kit to print to add to the “wicks” of my firecrackers.
6. Open a new 8 1/2″ x 11″ blank canvas – this is what we’re going to use as our background to print. Copy and paste each of your firecracker wrappers on to the new canvas along with the star elements.
7. Do a final tweak of the brightness and contrast for a nice explosion of color! I always zoom in to 100% so that I can see exactly how the colors respond to the brightness and contrast adjustment.
8. Print using your printer’s best print options.
9. Allow ink to dry before handling. Cut out the wrappers and star elements.
10. Gently roll wrappers around lifesaver rolls a few times “prepping the wrapper”. Add a little adhesive to the back of the label – make sure you also add adhesive where the label overlaps – position on the roll of lifesavers.
11. Gently insert just the tip of your scissors into the center of the roll of lifesavers. Then insert a piece of pipe cleaner into the hole you just made. Adhere a star to the end of the pipe cleaner. (I think mine would have looked better with a white or silver pipe cleaner!)
And there you have it – a super cute and easy table favor for your next picnic!
**You could also insert a wood skewer into the bottom of the firecracker to turn it into a rocket!**
I hope you enjoyed this super simple hybrid project. If you decide to make your own firecrackers or rockets, I’d LOVE to see them so make sure you leave a comment with a link to your firecrackers/rockets!
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