Party With a Pop!

Inspired by the rocket’s red glare, this rocket craft will help you celebrate Independence Day in style.


  • Scissors
  • Cardboard from an old cereal box
  • Glue, nontoxic
  • Hole punch
  • Toilet paper tube
  • Paint, nontoxic
  • Newspapers or magazines, recycled
  • Hemp cord
  • Tissue paper, recycled
  • Rubber band


  1. Paint and decorate a toilet paper tube, which will be the body of the rocket.
  2. Cut out 2 cardboard circles, one with a 3-inch diameter and one the diameter of the tube.
  3. Cut a 1½-inch slit into the center of the larger circle. Overlap the edges of the slit to form a cone. Secure with glue and decorate.
  4. Punch a hole in the tip of the cone and glue to the top of the tube.
  5. Glue the end of a 6-inch piece of hemp cord to the smaller cardboard circle.
  6. Shred old newspapers or magazines into confetti and pour it into the tube.
  7. Place the circle on the bottom of the rocket (don’t glue it!). Center a sheet of tissue paper over the circle.
  8. Pull tissue paper and hemp cord down the tube and secure with a rubber band.
  9. Fold tissue paper ends and cord down to create the rocket’s flame.
  10. Make several rockets and string together on a long cord.
  11. At party time, pull the string and watch the fireworks explode!