Fourth of July DIY: Metallic Faux Firework Sparklers

It’s time to fire up your Fourth of July with Stars & Stripes! Decorative Artist Mary ChildsĀ  shares a Modern Masters DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers with lots of Independence Day flair.

DIY Stars & Stripes Metallic Sparklers | Fourth of July Decor How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Oyster, Venetian Blue, Sashay Red, and Silver
  • 2″ PVC Plumbing tubes. My local hardware store cut my tubes into assorted sizes: 4″, 6″, 8″, and 10″.
  • 220 Grit Sandpaper
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3Ā® Primer Spray
  • 1″ and 2″ Brushes and a 1/2″ Stencil Brush
  • 1″ Blue Painters Tape
  • Star Stencil
  • Styrofoam
  • 1/2″ thick white rope
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Bang, Boom, and Pop sticky letters. Mine were created with a Cricut.
  • Clean Rags and Newspaper
INSTRUCTIONS

How to Create Metallic Faux Sparklers with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Fourth of July DIY by Focal Points, Inc.

Cover your working area with the newspaper. Lightly sand all tubes, including the ends. Wipe all tubes with a clean, damp rag to remove any sanding dust and let dry. Spray all the tubes with the primer and let dry overnight.

DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers for Independence Day Decor | How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Use the 2″ brush to paint each tube with 2 – 3 coats of Oyster Metallic Paint. Let dry 30 minutes between layers and allow to fully dry after the last opaque layer.

DIY How-to: Metallic Faux Sparklers for Fourth of July Events | Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters Blog

Modern Masters Venetian Blue Metallic Paint | DIY Metallic Faux Sparklers for Independence Day Decor | How-to by Focal Points, Inc.

Fourth of July DIY Decor | Faux Table Sparklers with Modern Masters Metallic Paint | Step-by-Step from Focal Points, Inc.

Modern Masters Sashay Red Metallic Paint helps create Metallic Faux Sparklers for the 4th of July | How-to by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Blog

As you’re doing several of these, please feel free to vary up the patterns to taste! Tape off all areas to be painted Venetian Blue Metallic Paint or the Sashay Red Metallic Paint and be sure to burnish all taped edges so that no paint leaks through. Apply 2 – 3 coats of your first Metallic Paint color with the 1″ brush. Let dry 30 minutes between coats and allow the final opaque layer to dry at least 2 hours. Repeat this same process with the second Metallic Paint color of choice.

DIY Metallic Faux Firefork Sparklers for any Fourth of July Event | Independence Day How-to Tutorial by Focal Points, Inc. on the Modern Masters Blog

Stenciling Stars with Metallic Paint by Modern Masters | Faux Firework Sparklers How-to by Focal Points, Inc. for the Modern Masters Blog

Position the star stencil over the Venetian Blue Metallic Paint and tape in place. Stencil the design with the stencil brush and the Silver Metallic Paint. Repeat until desired pattern is achieved. Let dry 30 minutes.

How to Create Stars & Stripes Faux Firework Sparklers for the Fourth of July | Paint DIY by Focal Points, Inc. | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

DIY Metallic Faux Fireworks Sparklers by Mary Childs | Modern Masters Blog

Fill one end of each tube with a piece of styrofoam and hot glue into place. Apply a piece of the rope to the center of the styrofoam and glue into place. (This will be your ‘fuse’!) Paint the fuse base the either with the Venetian Blue Metallic Paint or Sashay Red Metallic Paint. Take your Bang, Pop, and Boom letters and arrange them on your desired pieces. Artfully arrange your decor pieces for your Fourth of July event and enjoy!

Fourth of July DIY Decor How-to: Metallic Stars & Stripes Sparklers | Modern Masters Metallic Paints | Tutorial by Mary Childs of Focal Points, Inc.

The Metallic Faux Sparklers Independence Day DIY is by Orlando, FL-based decorative painter Mary Childs. Her Focal Points, Inc. studio creates professional decorative finishes and antique mirrors for clients throughout the US.

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Fourth of July DIY: Starry Lights

There’s nothing like a sizzling Fourth of July, complete with fireworks and festive decorations to celebrate. This Independence Day project with Modern Masters Metallic Paints is easy, and especially fun to do with kids. You can even re-use your Christmas Lights! – Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

DIY Fourth of July Starry Lights Vase | Modern Masters Metallic Paints How-to by My Patch of Blue Sky

SUPPLIES
  • Modern Masters Metallic Paint in Sashay Red, Venetian Blue, and Pearl White
  • Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces
  • 3 Inexpensive Glass Vases, like those from a dollar store
  • Lots of stick on stars. You can also make these on a Cricut.
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper or Plastic to protect your project area
  • Mini-light strands, preferably in white
  • Optional: Artificial flowers

INSTRUCTIONS

How to Create Starry Lighted Painted Vases for the Fourth of July | 4th of July DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Before you begin, remove any labels on the vases, then wash in soapy water and dry. Add star stickers to each vase, in any pleasing pattern. Make sure the edges are tight to the glass to prevent paint from seeping underneath.

Priming and Painting with Metallics on a Glass Vase | Fourth of July Holiday DIY Decor Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Paint 2 coats of the Zinsser primer on each vase. Let dry according to manufacturer’s instructions.

How to Paint Metallic Paint on Glass | Starry Lights Fourth of July Holiday DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky | Modern Masters Blog

Paint 2 – 3 coats of each the Sashay Red, Venetian Blue, and Pearl White Metallic Paint on the vases to achieve full coverage. Let dry completely between coats.

Creating Painted Starry Lights Vases with Modern Masters Metallic Paints | How to DIY Tutorial by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Carefully remove the stickers.

How to Create Starry Lights Vases for Independence Day | Modern Masters Blog | DIY Tutorial by My Patch of Blue Sky

Adult-only step. Artfully arrange the lights inside and outside the vases, along with the optional artificial flowers, to create a lovely vignette during the day with a shimmery glow at night as you wait for the Independence Day fireworks. We hope you enjoy this Fourth of July DIY!

Using Modern Masters Metallic Paints in Sashay Red, Venetian Blue, and Pearl White to create gorgeous Starry Lights Vases for Independence Day | Modern Masters DIY by My Patch of Blue Sky

Starry Lights Vases DIY is by Debbie Hayes, Blogger at My Patch of Blue Sky & Author of the Color Inspiration Notebook.

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