Every year on July 4th my neighborhood throws a block party. We close off the street to cars and bring out picnic tables and chairs. Everyone brings a homemade dish for a potluck barbecue. Money is pooled for our own little fireworks show and all the kids in the neighborhood come out to play. We also have a few musicians on our street who bring out their guitars. It’s a fun and festive event and this year I want to do something extra special that everyone will enjoy. One of my favorite 4th of July activities is lighting sparklers so I came up with a fun way to display them on the tables and make them easily accessible once the sun goes down.

What you need:

• Sparklers
Circle Tags in Red and Blue
• Matchboxes or matchbooks
Custom Labels in Red and Blue
• Construction paper in Red and Blue
• Whole punch

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To make my favors I first ordered some circle hang tags in red and blue with the words “July 4 – Thompson Street Block Party – Let’s Celebrate!” Using a hole punch, I repunched a larger hole at the top of the tag and then another one at the bottom. Then I grouped my sparklers in sets of two together with each tag.

Next I covered little matchboxes with matching red and blue construction paper and adorned them with a small rectangular label with the text, “Light It Up! – Thompson Street – Block Party”.

To display the sparklers I plan to place them in a dish filled with red candies (which helps them stand up and looks pretty) and scatter the little matchboxes around the table.

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Rachel Beyer is an artist, designer and creative maker based in Portland, OR. She loves crafting, party planning and illustration. Rachel runs her own creative blog, Adventures In Making and also has a line of greeting cards, art prints and handmade goodies called Camp Smartypants.


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