Firecrackers, Box, Rockets and Roman Candles
Required tools and
X-acto knife and fresh
A thin metal
straight-edge ruler. Make fold lines by pressing
against edge of the ruler.
white craft glue that dries clear
Small piece of aluminum
foil to use as a glue pot
Small artist's paint brush to
1. Roll all the
fireworks as tightly as possible. The easiest way to
accomplish this is to crease about 1/16" along short
end. The crease facilitates the rolling action of
holding the end between the index finger and thumb.
Spin the roll against the length of your thumb. Glue
the blank surface to the firecracker and press
firmly to hold the roll.
Once all firecrackers
have been rolled and glued, separate 1 ply of twine
that is included with kit. Place a dot of glue to
the center of one of the firecrackers and place the
glue point to the center mark of the ply of twine.
firecrackers to the line will be a little like
weaving. Turn the string and center firecracker over
(after glue has dried). Glue a firecracker to the
twine to one side of the first firecracker. Then
place another on the other side of the center
firecracker. The twine will be positioned over the
center firecracker and under the two that are on
3. Turn the
twine and 3 firecrackers over and then add a new
firecracker to either end of the group. You can see
the over-under-over pattern being created. Use a
pair of tweezers to make positioning your
firecrackers as easy as possible.
4. Turn over and add
two more firecrackers.
5. Continue this
routine until all firecrackers have been used.
6. When the glue is
completely dried, take the end of the twine and wind
it over-under-over to the opposite side of the twine
already in place. Tie the end when you have
completed the line and snip the loose ends.
7. To make the box,
fold at all junctions and you will start to see the
shape take place. There is a small tab at each
corner of the box. Paint glue to the red side of
each tab and glue to the respective side. Use the
tweezers to make a good and straight bond at each
1. Cut out all
pieces. Crimp about 1/16" of the end of each candle.
This will help you to roll the candle.
2. Practice roll
the entire piece.
3. Unroll, and place a
piece of cut twine ply into the crimped fold. Glue
it into place. This will be the wick.
4. Roll the candle as
tight as possible. Paint a line of glue to the blank
surface of the roll's end. Press tightly against the
roll and hold until you are sure that it won't
5. Trim the end of the
wick, if it is sticking out the bottom of the
candle. Repeat these steps for all the other Roman
1. Cut out all pieces.
Do not cut the long pieces into short
the end of one of the long pieces at about 1/16"
inch from the end. This will help you to roll the
piece in a tight roll. You will repeat all these
steps for the second rocket as well.
2. Roll the long
piece into a tight roll.
3. Paint a
little glue along the blank inside surface of the
end piece. Finish the roll and press to create a
bond with the glue. Hold until you are sure the bond
4. Center the round
disk over the top of the roll and then glue into
5. Take the cone top
and gauge the size required by your rocket. It will
be glued to the top of the round piece that is glued
to the top of the roll.
6. Once you have
the correct size, paint glue to the portion that
will be overlapped on the cone. Press using a pair
of tweezers for a good bond.
7. Take the red
piece and fold in half. Glue blank sides together.
8. Paint glue to the
top of the round disk found at the top of the roll.
9. Press the cone to
the glue that is on the round disk. Make sure it is
as centered and tight as possible.
10. Paint glue to the
bottom of the rocket and glue to the center of the
11. Take a short piece
of one of the twine plys, about 1/3" and glue it
near the base of the rocket to simulate a wick.