Create your own Fireworks with a Washington Monument 4th of July Centerpiece

Create a festive and patriotic 4th of July centerpiece with this Washington Monument centerpiece. Spark a reaction at your festive cookout by using fairy lights to make the fireworks come alive.

Materials Used for The Washington Monument Centerpiece

  • Large Freezer Paper or Kitchen Wrap Container
  • Cardboard Box
  • White Cardstock
  • Gray Cardstock
  • White and Green Acrylic Paint
  • Stone Spray Paint
  • Crepe Paper
  • Flag Picks
  • Star Garland
  • Foil Tissue
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Duct Tape
  • Glue Gun
  • LED Fairy Lights

How to create your own Washington Monument Centerpiece:

Step 1: To make the pyramid, draw four triangles on the cardstock, making the base of each triangle the same size as each of the sides of the end of the box. Add an extra 1/4 inch on each side on two of the triangles and 1/2 inch on the bottom edge of all triangle shapes. This will be used to glue the sides together.

Step 2: Cut out the shapes and fold in the extra 1/4 allowance. Glue the side edges together to form a pyramid.

Step 3: Glue the flap opening of the freezer paper box down so it no longer opens. Glue the pyramid to one end of the box to form the monument shape.

Step 4: Cut a piece of cardboard the size of the back of the monument and glue to the back of the box with a glue gun.

Step 5: Paint the inside of the box green. Fold the strips of the crepe paper in  half and cut one long side of the crepe paper in V shapes to form grass. Glue layers of grass on the outside edge of the box.

Step 6: Paint the cardboard piece and the freezer box white. Let dry. Painting the box white will make it so the box will not show throw once the stone paint is applied.

Step 7: Spray paint the monument with the stone paint. 

Step 8: Hot glue the monument to the cardboard strip to secure.

Step 9: Push the flags through the corrugated edge of the cardboard.

How to make the Fireworks:

Step 1: Cut two pieces of foil tissue 5 x 7 inches. Put the two pieces of foil together and cut slits ¼ inch apart on the long end, leaving about inch uncut at the end.

Step 2: Wrap the uncut edge around the top of the skewer and tape to secure.

Step 3: Cut six 8 inch pieces of the star can use the same color as the foil or add different colors to make a more colorful array.

Step 4: Cut a 3 inch piece of duct tape and wrap the end around the skewer overlapping the taped end of the foil tissue.

Step 5: Lay all of the star garland pieces, evenly spaced, on the sticky side of the tape. Wrap the tape around the skewer.

Step 6: Wrap the fairy lights into loops and secure in the center with the wire tail as shown.

Step 7: Using the wire tail, wrap the fairy lights around the base of the fireworks. Bend the fairy lights around the star garland so it looks like fireworks illuminating the night sky.

Step 8: Pull the foil strips down and adjust the star garland so it looks like fireworks. Loop the ends of the wire on the garland so there are no sharp points.

Step 9: Attach the fireworks to the back of the Monument with duct tape. Use white tape if you want it to be less noticeable. You can attach the battery pack to the back of the Monument with self adhesive Velcro.