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Do It Yourself Sparkler Shield! This is a MUST for kids!

We are sneaking up on the big day, folks! That means many of us will be outside celebrating the New Year in style with lots of fireworks. If your little ones will be taking part in the festivities, you may want to make this sparkler shield prior to firework time! It will keep little hands (big people hands too) from getting those nasty sparkler burns that tend to happen when the little metal flakes of the burning sparkler fall off.

Ready to say goodbye to burns? I am!

Here we go!

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Here’s what you need:

  • Old Canister (oatmeal, grits, bread crumbs, etc)
  • Scissors

*If you don’t have an old canister, replace it with a disposable cup or paper plate!

Optional:

  • Leftover Christmas paper
  • Glue

Pull the lid off of your canister and toss the lid. Flip it upside down and cut a small “x” in the center of the bottom of your can.

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(I only marked mine with a marker to show you what we want cut)

These next steps are for you only if you want to make your kid’s shields look a bit cuter. This would be great for the kids to do on their own while the grownups are catching up. This is their shield after all! Hand them the already cut canister, some old Christmas paper (glitter or construction paper work too), and some glue and let them decorate prior to firework time!

I coated mine in Elmer’s Glue (don’t waste your Modpodge on something that will be tossed in the morning) and covered it in my leftover Christmas paper.

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Now, hand your child a sparkler and let them push it up through the center of the canister; right through the cut you made.

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Light it for them and watch the safety…I mean fun….begin!

That’s it!

I hope you have a very safe and Happy New Year!!! 🙂