Memorial Day Crafts: Fireworks Flowers

by Cate on May 19, 2009

Memorial Day Flowers
Oftentimes, when Nick is done with his homework in the afternoon, he wants to do a craft.  Whether it’s painting, coloring or creating, he is definitely artistic, something he gets from his grandmother.  It sure as heck doesn’t come from me.

Usually he ask me to do a search on the computer to find him something to make, but without a well-built arsenal of craft supplies, I don’t always have on hand what he needs for the craft he chooses.   I have been working on stockpiling some basic craft supplies though, and now have a few crafts at the ready for when inspiration strikes; so the other day when he asked, I was totally ready.

With the Memorial Day weekend looming, and plans to head down the shore underway, when I saw these fireworks flowers, I knew they would be perfect.  Simple to make, supplies on hand and a perfect way to celebrate the patriotic holiday.  He did such a fantastic job, I know he can’t wait to see them on the dinner table this weekend … neither can I!

Flowers Other Side

Fireworks Flowers
Craft courtesy of

basket coffee filters
chenille stems (red, white, blue, gold and/or silver)
red and blue watercolor paint (we used food coloring)
2 pieces of paper towel or a kitchen towel

Cover table with newspaper, a plastic tablecloth or even an old shower curtain. Gather your supplies and have them all within arm’s reach. Cover kids clothes with a smock or old t-shirt. Now you are ready to begin making your coffee filter fireworks flowers.

Place one of the coffee filters onto the paper plate and flatten out. Paint the coffee filter with water color paint. Paint some solid red, some solid blue and others a combination of blue and red, leaving some areas unpainted. Move the coffee filter to the towel and lay flat to dry. Repeat with the second coffee filter. Leaving the center of the filter in tact, cut the coffee filter in strips, working you way around the circle. Cut a 1.5″ piece off of one end of a chenille stem and set aside.

Take the longer piece of chenille and poke it through the center of the coffee filter. There should be about 2″ of chenille poked through.  Turn the entire thing upside down and grasp the filter with your fingers. Gather it around the chenille and secure it by wrapping the extra piece of chenille stem that you cut off in an earlier step. Twist it around the part you are holding and turn the flower back upright. Manipulate with your finger until strips are spread out and it looks the way you want it to.

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Sarah Caron May 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm

What an awesome craft idea! Thanks for sharing. Did these take long to dry?

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noobcook May 20, 2009 at 4:29 am

oh my this is so pretty. Makes such a lovely home decorating piece. I am always so lousy with crafts and I admire people who are good at it :)


The Sister In-Law May 20, 2009 at 7:48 am

Great idea and they look pretty darn nice!!! BTW I think it comes from both grandmothers, my mom was very artistic as well.



Cate May 20, 2009 at 8:34 am

Sarah – no, not long at all. We put them outside and in less than an hour they were good to go.

SIL – Really? I didn’t know that. We know so little about her, your brother very rarely talks about her. A shame really.

Noobcook – Thanks!


Cathy May 20, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Looks like fun!

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Sara @ Our Best Bites May 21, 2009 at 11:03 am

Oh those are darling! Great idea

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Elyse May 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Nick is quite the creative little guy, huh?! These fireworks flowers are an awesome decoaration for Memorial Day. Great job!

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Amanda Formaro March 23, 2010 at 7:59 am

How fun to see one of my projects redone somewhere, they look GREAT!!


Caroline May 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Cool idea! My kids just did Memorial Day coloring pages from and we’re looking for something else we could make together.


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