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Maker Monday: Summer Fireworks

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Sally Quinn
July01/ 2018

Kids love watching the night sky light up with cracking fireworks. This week’s Maker Monday offers a fun way to paint a Summer Fireworks landscape using an unusual, homemade paintbrush.

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Construction paper, dark blue or black

Poster paint

Cardboard tubes



Cut around one end of a cardboard tube about 2 inches deep, keeping each cut close together. Bend the cut pieces back all the way around to form the “bristles” on your brush.

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Paint a cityscape, allowing enough room for the sky, which will be filled with fireworks. Add paint to a pan and daub with the cardboard tube brush to create the firework blooms.

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Layer the colors, beginning with darker shades and ending with lighter colors. Your masterpiece is ready for framing — or at least suitable for hanging on the refrigerator!

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For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 20 years. She welcomes comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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