4th of July Craft for Kids: Glow-in-the-Dark Straw Fireworks

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Super easy 4th of July Craft for Kids: Glow-in-the-Dark Straw Fireworks

Looking for an easy 4th of July craft for kids that can be done either alone or in a group? I have one for you! Trust me, when I say it’s easy, I mean it.   I am typically not the craftiest person around, but every once in a while I get bitten by the crafting bug. I came up with this idea all by myself, and I’m really quite proud of it!

 Glow-in-the-Dark Straw Fireworks 4th of July Craft for Kids

Supplies Needed:

  • Styrofoam balls- Now, these are actually the priciest part of the craft. I was surprised! I paid more than I thought I would at the local craft store. However, I found a 12 pack on Amazon for just $7.50, which is significantly less than I paid.
  • Colorful Straws- I went with neon colors, but you can use any colors.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark paint or glitter glue (I used the glitter glue)
  • an empty 2-liter bottle


  1. Paint the Styrofoam balls with the glow-in-the-dark paint or glitter glue. What I did was put it on the opening of the bottle and paint all the exposed areas, let it dry, then turn it and get the spot that I missed. LET IT DRY! I made the mistake of not waiting long enough and ended up peeling glitter glue off my hands for an hour. Actually, that was kind of fun, I missed peeling glue off my fingers like in kindergarten!
  2. Stick the colored straws into the Styrofoam balls. The easiest way to do this (which I discovered after trial and error) is to stick one in, then place it in the empty bottle. That holds the project still. Place them all around, trying to alternate colors a bit so it’s even looking. I used the bendy straws so that I could angle them differently. Actually, I accidentally bought bendy straws and didn’t think to cute the bendy part off, so I improvised. But it worked, so now it’s part of my instructions just like it was meant to be that way!
  3. Paint the straws. I ended up painting just a few here and there, so the whole thing wasn’t glittery. You can paint them all or none, it’s cute either way. The easiest way to do this is to use the foam paint brushes.  I love those because they evenly distribute the paint. Plus they’re super inexpensive, making them a total craft kit essential.
  4. Let dry!

It looks really cool at night too! It was hard to get a picture of the glowing, but you get the idea:

4th of July Craft for Kids: Glow-in-the-Dark Straw Fireworks at Night

That’s pretty much it! Kids can hold their DIY fireworks by one of the straws, or you can insert a stick into the ball. This is a fun 4th of July craft for kids to do in between all those great 4th of July party games while waiting for the real fireworks! If you want to spend a bit extra, you can use those thin, long glow sticks instead of straws and skip the straw painting step. Looking for more craft ideas for the 4th, check the following craft for kids to make

Do you have a favorite 4th of July craft for kids? Tell us about it in the comments!

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14 thoughts on “4th of July Craft for Kids: Glow-in-the-Dark Straw Fireworks

  1. This looks like such an easy and fun way to keep the kids entertained. I’ll have to go pick up the supplies so we can try it.

  2. What a super fun project, Nicole. I know this is a project that we can have fun with from afternoon until night on the 4th of july! Love it and I think we have all the supplies on hand.

  3. This is so cool and I know the kids will love to help make these as well as play on July 4. I was looking for a fun craft to make for our party and now I have found it. Thanks for sharing this affordable and easy to make fun craft!

  4. What a fun and easy craft for the 4th! This would be something that kids of multiple ages could enjoy. I may have to try this with my 3 and 9yr olds! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

  5. This is such a cute and creative idea! I would have never thought of it. I know my son is obsessed with straws but my niece would get a kick out of helping to make this and it could certainly be a great craft to do year round and base the colors off different holidays or seasons!

  6. This is a great idea! Easy enough for me to do too! I, like you, am not the craftiest person and even I can do this! 🙂
    We will be going to my in-laws house for the 4th and there will be a lot of children there for a 4th of July/birthday party celebration. This will be perfect! Safe for the kids too! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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