How to Make a Fireworks Card - a super simple tutorial to make your own fireworks card. This is a kid-friendly craft and would also make a great gift! @

Make a Fireworks Postcard

This fireworks postcard is the result of several different 4th of July craft attempts that failed. In other words, it was my fall-back craft, the one you do because you know you can getter done. If you’re interested, the original crafts involved ribbon (I thought they should at least make an appearance in the picture) and tiny alligator clips.

I thought a fireworks barrette would be super cute with the ribbon pieces representing those colorful explosions in the sky. Not so much. I would show you pictures but I was too busy getting frustrated to stop and take pictures. Anyway, the fireworks barrette will have to wait for another day.

What is ironic about even attempting to make a barrette project (though I’ve made them before here and here) is as of this writing, my daughter has rejected hair accessories. I’m not a barrette girl myself, but still! She’s 2. Aren’t toddlers supposed to be decked out with matching barrettes? My kid is the one with the barrette holding on for dear life onto the tips of her curls. Oh well. If that’s our big problem for the week, I’ll take it. 🙂

But back to the fireworks card. You could easily do this with a plain white card or follow as I did and make a postcard. For some reason, postcards just seem so summery to me. They remind me of all of the “Wish You Were Here” postcards I used to buy on summer vacations (even though we tended to go camping. Maybe I bought those at gas station stops?) This postcard could easily be made with the kids since it is very simple.

How to Make a Fireworks Card

You will need:

Plain white card or postcard (heavier card stock is best)
Watercolors in red and blue
Paintbrush and water or watercolor brush

Load your brush with water and blue paint, and add dots to the card. Rinse paint completely off the brush. Fill in the spaces by adding red dots to the card.

Some tips:

  • You can gently flick the loaded paint brush onto the card for a more splattered effect. I found it easier to manually add the dots, though.
  • Working with one color at a time is faster because you won’t have to continually clean the brush.
  • Use masking tape or a non-sticky tape to mask off portions of your card if you want your line to be more exact. Stripes across the card would be really pretty. Just make sure to let the paint dry completely before carefully taking off the tape. I would test a small portion of the back of your card to see if the tape will release easily before you try this technique.
  • Mix it up with different colors and make a set of gorgeous cards! Think of colors that compliment each other–I think a coral and turquoise card would be really pretty.


If you like this craft, here’s another card tutorial that is super easy!

A Watercolor Card for Summer - who wouldn't want to receive a pretty watercolor card in the mail? @

I’ve been hand-stitching cards for a while . . . you won’t believe how easy it is to make your own. (These make great gifts!)

Handstitch a card, photo of two hand-stitched cards

P.S. If you like this project, you’re going to love my new resource, The {10 Minute} Letter-writing Retreat Bundle. It’s packed with prompts, tutorials (like this one!), and printable stationery. Learn more here.

Get this bundle of letter writing goodness! Stationery, tutorials, an address book, and more! Print out the stationery and get back into letter writing. Snail mail is the best!

Related Posts

5 responses to “Make a Fireworks Postcard”

  1. Theresa @DearCreatives Avatar
    Theresa @DearCreatives

    Hi Jennie, Cute idea for a card. I don’t typically make cards but, this could be a fun project to do.
    I just got out my paints & have been taking some time to brush up! Have a great day! BTW, Feel free to share your project at the party if you like.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks so much, Theresa! I think you’ll have fun making it! And thanks for the invite to your party–this has been a really busy week so sorry I’m so late! :/

  2. Melissa Vera Avatar
    Melissa Vera

    These are so cute. I love to make notecards instead of buying them. Thanks for linking up on the #HomeMattersParty this week. I hope you come back next week to link up again

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks, Melissa! 🙂

  3. Emilio Houston Avatar
    Emilio Houston

    Thank you for the tips for the fireworks card!

Download the 20-30-make challenge, it's free!

I love it when you pin and share tutorials and articles that resonate with you. However, please remember that everything on this blog: articles, photos, drawings, and artwork are created by Jennie Moraitis and are under copyright. Please do not remove watermarks, crop, or edit any of my images or artwork without first receiving written permission from me. You may use one photo to share but please link to the original post on my site. The printables I offer are for personal use only. Please do not email the pdfs to others. Feel free to share the original post link for the printable with your friends and family so they can come over and download one of their own! Thanks so much for stopping by!