Fireworks from Steel Wool and Other 4th of July Fun

This is an annual reminder how to make some awesome fireworks out of steel wool.  Enjoy and have a fun and safe 4th!
The 4th of July is a great time to forget about all the stuff on our to do list and focus a day (or weekend) on our family.  Dads, I definitely want to encourage you to take some time off from the honey-do-list and projects around the house to create some fantastic memories by having some creative fun.  Here are a few ways to create some memories that will be fun for all!
Steel Wool Sparks You will definitely want to see these pictures!  These are our kids in action!   Get an app on your phone that will allow you take time elapsed pictures and you’ll be able to capture some great memories.



These are the best fireworks we have ever done (and the cheapest)!  My dad taught me this as a kid and now my kids have a blast, too. (Thanks Dad!)


  1. Get some plain steel wool (no soap). There are different grades. Get the middle grade.  The coarse doesn’t lite and the super fine burns too quickly.
  2. Get a whisk from the dollar store, tie it on the end of a metal clothes hanger.  Metal hangers works best, because you can bend the end to make a handle and it keeps it at a distance.
  3. Place the steel wool in the whisk and light it until just part of it is glowing and then start twisting it around as fast as you can!  AMAZING!

DISCLAIMER: Homes Devoted is not responsible for any harm, fires started or houses that burn down, so perform them wisely. 🙂   We’ve never had any burning from the sparks.   Make sure you are in an open area!  Wearing a hat is advisable.

Relay to put the Declaration of Independence in order!    Have fun and teach your kids more about the holiday.  (Divide into 2+ teams for this competition) Click here for all the info

Some Sporting Fun 


I probably wouldn’t make it this fancy, but this is a $5 tarp.  Your kids can help you make it.

Like Trivia? Here is a link to a 4th of July trivia game.


Comments 4

  1. I wanted to make these and forwarded the idea to friends. Personally my family did not actually get around making the sparklers yet but I am saving this recipe for the future! Thank you! 🙂

    Blessings and I love the pictures. I look forward to hearing how it worked for others.


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  3. My kids are all in college now, but I so enjoy your inspirational activities, as I am praying/hoping to still make memories with my young adult kids …keeping me on your prayer list ….for all my kids, these are the names: Darcie, Kelly, (twins) Meghan & Erin and Connor…special prayers my oldest Darcie and youngest Connor, as both have drifted away from me,and are lost in the world….

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      I am so sorry to hear the news. YES! Keep praying. God is not done with any of us yet. I often pray for those far away that the Lord bring people into their path that can point them to Him! Prayer works!

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