Have you ever wanted to make your own fireworks? These are instructions for fireworks projects so you can make your own homemade fireworks.
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It's easy and inexpensive to make firecrackers yourself. This is a great pyrotechnics project, perfect for do-it-yourself types or persons who can't find firecrackers where they live.
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Sparklers are small hand-held fireworks that don't explode. They are among the safest and easiest fireworks to make yourself.
A smoke bomb is a simple pyrotechnic device that you can make in your kitchen. You only need two ingredients to make a ton of smoke. You can follow the written instructions
or the step-by-step video tutorial
. There is also a recipe for a non-cook smoke bomb
that works the same, but doesn't require heating of the smoke bomb ingredients.
Black snakes are another type of firework that doesn't explode. Once you light these pyrotechnic devices they push out columns of black 'snakes'. This is an easy and safe fireworks project.
You can adapt the homemade smoke bomb recipe to make a long-lasting fountain firework that shoots purple flames, plus a lot of smoke.
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A waterfall firework emits a cascade of sparks, sort of like if water was on fire! This non-exploding firework is simple to make, yet produces dramatic results.
Fuses are handy to have around for firecrackers and smoke bombs. These fuses use common household materials.
It's as easy to make colored smoke as it is a normal smoke bomb. The trick is to find the right colorant.
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A Roman candle is a classic firework that shoots one or more balls of fire into the sky. You can customize this firework so that each star is a different color or displays a different effect. This is a slightly more advanced project, so give it a try after you are comfortable with smoke bombs, fountains and sparklers.
Once you make homemade fireworks, your next step is lighting them. Here's how to light them safely!