Festive Fireworks Pens 4th of July Craft | $25 Michaels GC [CLOSED GIVEAWAY]


Here’s a quick 4th of July craft your kids can help with!

You’ve seen the flower pens everywhere by now. We like to change them up with the season or holiday. For 4th of July you will need:

  • Wired star garland in various colors
  • Duct tape
  • Pens (or dowel rods)
  • Small jingle bells


  1. You will need to cut the wired star garland into nine pieces, about 6 to 8 inches long each.
  2. Remove the tinsel stars from the last inch of each piece. Line up the trimmed ends on the sticky side of a 1-1/2-inch length of duct tape. Leave 1/2 inch of tape free on each side.
  3. Wrap the tape around the top of a pen to secure it to the pen. Slide small jingle bells onto the top ends of the garland lengths, bending the tips around the bell loops to secure them. Splay the garland to resemble exploding fireworks.

These can be changed up a bit. For the younger crowd that cannot participate in setting off fireworks/sparklers… attach these to dowel rods instead so they have jinglers!

These supplies can easily be found at a Michael’s store near you!


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  1. corrie says

    i want to buy a tie dye kit.

  2. Carmen C. says

    I love buying holiday decor!

  3. amy marantino says

    i like to buy unfinished wood stuff… birdhouses, etc.

  4. Rebecca Shockley says

    I like buying fabric!

  5. Jill P. says

    I love getting scrapbook supplies!!!

  6. Margaret Smith says

    I love buying crafts that I can do with my kids.

  7. Claire says

    I love buying holiday decor!

  8. Jamie says

    Ever since I started knitted, yarn is the splurge of choice.

  9. Leslie Galloway says

    I love the dollar bins, and just plain old sketch books.

    Facebook Name: Leslie Galloway (www.facebook.com/GallowayLeslie)

  10. Soha Molina says

    We love to buy scrapbooking supplies for my daughter

  11. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says

    I love buying yarn!

  12. Chelsea Saulpaugh says

    I love buying scrapbook embellishments for making cards.

  13. Heather Augenstein says

    They have a WONDERFUL collection of Hello Kitty items! Recycled bags, stickers, pens, etc…..all affordable too!

  14. Jessie C. says

    stamps and fabrics

  15. melissa holske says

    craft stuff for my son to decorate for his friends

  16. April Brenay says

    love to buy paints to make fun signs for our house :0

  17. Kathy Ross says

    Beads and stuff to make jewelry with.

  18. Let me see I would buy flower arrangements, yarn, crafts, and anything else I love there. I love that store!

  19. Stefanie Haluk says

    i love to buy scrapbook stuff 🙂


  20. Danielle Papsis says

    I love shopping for cake decorating supplies at Michael’s.

  21. Cake decorating supplies

  22. Leann Lindeman says

    When I go to Michaels I head right to the scrapbook section!

  23. It would be easier to say what I DON’T buy at Michael’s 😉 I’m always there!
    The first thing that came to mind was beads. I buy lots of jewelry making materials at Michaels.

  24. Elaine Lund says

    My favorite to buy at Michaels is ribbon and scrapbooking supplies. I also like to shop clearance after Christmas!

  25. Adrienne gordon says

    paints and drawing supplies

  26. mommyofone shanna says

    i love to buy craft stuff (markers, glitter, etc) for my son he loves doing crafts

  27. Veronica L says

    I love to purchase craft projects for my kids from there especially during the Summer time.

  28. tam childers says

    i like to buy paints

  29. Jennifer says

    My kids love stamps from michaels!

  30. Becky M says

    Scrapbook paper!

  31. Lisa Davis says

    paint, scrapbook materials, and frames.

  32. Amanda Alvarado says

    I am a material hog so I love to buy my material and sewing supplies!

  33. Rochel S says

    Love all their cake and cookie decorating items!

  34. Pauline M says

    I love their kids crafts kits!

  35. Cody says

    Supplies for my girlfriend’s amigurumi projects

  36. Sylvia White says

    I love to buy scrapbook supplies

  37. I love getting all of my crafty stuff at Michaels! The last thing I got was a foam wreath form and shells.

  38. kelly says

    My favorite things to buy at Michaels are the holiday craft kits! Especially Christmas ornaments you can paint

  39. kelly nicholson says

    Tell me your favorite things to buy at Michaels in the comments section of the blog below.

    love the patriotic stuff

  40. yarn and sharpie markers…for use with different things, but still.

  41. D Schmidt says

    Scrapbooking supplies and crafts for my children

  42. Ann Fantom says

    I like to buy scrap booking supplies at Michaels

  43. elven johnson says

    I like to get paints & brushes.

  44. Melissa Belle says

    My favorite thing to buy is art supplies, canvas, paint etc

  45. Melissa Belle says

    My favorite thing to buy is art supplies, canvas, paint and stuff

  46. crystle tellerday says

    art kits and supplies

  47. Rachel Robertson (Azrael) says

    I love to buy scrapbooking supplies at Michaels!

  48. Biki says

    I love going to their yarn section for kitting and crocheting supplies

  49. Tamra H says

    Spray paint 🙂 Love turning old things new with just a coat of paint!

  50. Kelly D says

    I like to buy their paintable ceramics to work on with my kids.

  51. Candie L says

    I love their selection of posters. Thank you

  52. Juli Guthrie says

    I love to buy crafty stuff for my kids to do, which is hard since I have 3 boys. I also LOVE to buy holiday stuff!! Thanks so much for the chance!

  53. Monja Blue says

    Love the scrapbooking supplies, and artificial flowers, craft supplies, everything!

  54. Charlotte R says

    I like to buy Picture frames to give as gifts with pictures we’ve taken while backpacking.

  55. Lim says

    Yarn. Lots o’ yarn.

  56. Michelle C says

    I like buying crafting supplies for the kids like markers and paints. Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  57. nosogirl says

    i buy 5″x7″ scrapbook cards and use them as postcards for entering sweepstakes

  58. Robyn E says

    Scrap booking material

  59. yarn
    Thanks for a great contest! janna johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com GFC: janna@feedyourpig

  60. Linda Lansford says

    I plants and pots

  61. Mary Calabrese says

    I love to buy scrapbook supplies.

  62. Theresa Jenkins says

    I go to Michaels for every holiday

  63. Ashley C says

    Definitely ribbon!


  64. Brandy says

    modge podge and frames!

  65. Brynn Dexter says

    i like their selection of yarn

  66. Rebecca Graham says

    I like buying Wilton cake pans.

  67. Richelle says

    I love making my kid’s party invitations and thank you cards so for sure card supplies.

  68. rachelle jones says

    I love buying all my holiday decorations from there!!

  69. Stephanie Hungerford says

    Beading suplies

  70. Kristi C says

    I like to buy scrapbook paper and accessories.

  71. clynsg says

    Lately I have been picking up iron-on decorations for t-shirts.

  72. Nicki Z. says

    I love buying supplies for craft projects & things to spice up my daughter’s nursery 🙂

  73. Ericka says

    I like to buy fabric and sewing supplies.

  74. Kathlyne says

    I like to buy beads for arts and crafts.

  75. MommaMary says

    I love the dollar bins and I spend a ton o’ cash in the cask decorating area.

  76. Amy Z says

    Painting supplies are my favorite purchase.

  77. mary j says

    I like buying frames.

  78. Vanessa says

    I would like to buy some decorative items at Michaels.

  79. Linda G. says

    I like to buy their craft paint and silk flowers

  80. Tina m says

    I like to buy arts and craft supplies

  81. Sheryl says

    I like to buy scrapbooking supplies.

  82. Kimberly R says

    I buy beads…lots of beads!

  83. Christina says

    I love to buy yarn, kids crafts (especially at Christmas time – they make great stocking stuffers) and stuff to make wreaths (ribbon, flowers, etc)

  84. Alicia says

    I love to buy frames and holiday decorations.

  85. Wendy says

    I love to buy cake decorating supplies!
    wendy2lindsey at yahoo dot com

  86. Cassie says

    lately it’s supplies for our DIY wedding !!

  87. Pauline Milner says

    I like to purchase scrapbooking supplies. They have a great selection.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. ~Pauline

  88. Kristen says

    My favorite is picture frames.

  89. Pinky Sade says

    YARN! And other crafty stuff

  90. Katie Short says

    Soapmaking supplies! Molds, scented oils, and add-ins, and they have a great selection.

  91. courtney b says

    we make our own baby headbands!

  92. tess says

    i like to buy b-day party stuff and cake decorating stuff
    tcogbill at live dot com

  93. katie says

    I would love to buy some paint

  94. Grace says

    Scrapbook supplies and things for polymer clay creations

  95. Mara Zamora says

    I LOVE Michaels !

    I go to Michaels atleast once a week lol i buy a lot of DIY products .I buy everything from rhinestones,craft paper,party supplies,etc .

    i would be in HEAVEN if i won because as much as i love Michaels it is pricey and to make it worse im a broke full time mom /student .

    fingers & toes crossed

  96. Theresa J says

    I love getting ribbon, painting supplies and baking supplies at Michael’s

  97. Sherry Compton says

    Small crafts for the grand kids

  98. Kim says

    I love finding new crafts to do , I also am learning to crochet so I like to buy yarn

  99. steph says

    scrapbooking supplies!

  100. heather eg kaufman says

    I love to buy their wood shapes to paint.

  101. Monique Rizzo says

    I like to buy scrapbook supplies.Thanks for the chance.

  102. Rachel Miller says

    I love to crochet & cross-stitch 🙂

  103. Suzanne B. says

    Great place to get scout pinewood derby stuff.

  104. Sherry Compton says

    I like to buy craft items for my grandkids.

  105. Julie H says

    I love to get all the craft stuff to make cards

  106. Jammie says

    I love buying craft supplies for candles.

  107. Tara Liebing says

    I like to buy pans and decorations for baking

  108. My favorite thing to buy at Michael’s are photo frames. They have so many options.

  109. Danielle says

    Cross stitch patterns!

  110. Carla Garcia says

    I like buying Christmas decorations and various crafts for my kids to do. they love to paint and doing little projects

  111. Ellen B says

    stuff for the holidays

  112. I love to buy all of the cake decorating items from Michaels that and anything from their 1$ bins..

  113. Christy says

    I like to buy yarn at Michaels

  114. Denise C says

    cake decorating supplies!

  115. Scrapbook stuff!

  116. catherine c says

    jewelry making and scrapbook supplies

  117. Paul T/Pauline T says

    lots of art supplies such as latex paints, canvases, and brushes – Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  118. Kelly says

    I love all things crafty at Michaels, but I would say the bulk of my purchases are holiday related!

  119. Tammy S says

    I love to buy items for scrapbooking.

  120. Kendal Barriere says

    Crafts for my 3 year to do this summer! 🙂

  121. Katie Contests says

    I love scouring their clearance section for random goodies!! I always seem to end up covered in glitter, though… XD

  122. Lentil says

    I love buying all kinds of crafty things at Michaels, wooden shapes and paints and felt squares and kits… the kind of things you can’t wait to get home with so you can make something!

  123. Cindy B says

    I buy art supplies and scrapbook supplies at Michaels!

  124. Kerry says

    Scrapbooking supplies

  125. Nancy says

    I like to buy adhesives and embellishments for card-making and scrapbooking at Michaels!

  126. Seyma Shabbir says

    I love to buy fabric great choices

  127. sewing accessories!! (& glitter! 😀 )

  128. I love their flowers. they are so real looking and the price is awesome

  129. Michele L. says

    frames and baking supplies

  130. brenda c says

    everything! love their artificial flowers, i like to make my own arrangements

  131. Samantha says

    I love making bracelets and scrapbooking!

  132. Crystal Warren says

    I like buying all the things to make my children’s halloween costumes

  133. Right now, foam kits for my little girl. She loves to play with the foam stickers and kits.

  134. Jennifer Holovack says

    Acrylic paint and canvas

  135. jules p says

    my favorite thing to buy at michaels is the beads. love making jewelry

  136. Amy Wiggins says

    I would like to buy some things for my wedding

  137. patricia skinner says

    I like buying Pastel pencils and sticks.

  138. Stuff to make wreaths

  139. I always leave with yarn and craft paint


  140. momznite says

    I love the selection of frames at Michaels.

  141. Liz Ticona says

    Love buying all the craft items and bakery decorations 🙂

  142. Stacy says

    I always find unique frames at Michael’s.

  143. tracy p. says

    art activities for my kids

  144. I love buying EVERYTHING at Michael’s–especially ribbons & fabric paints for decorating tee-shirts!

  145. Kathy M says

    I like to buy jewelry making supplies for my niece.

  146. Angela Cash says

    I love to buy fine art supplies – paint, canvas, etc.

  147. Jaime says

    I love to buy scrapbooking supplies!

  148. tracy webb says

    I love all the scrapbook stuff.

  149. Mari says

    The dollar stuff at Michael’s is always a lifesaver!

  150. Francesca McCaffrey says

    Frames, frames, frames!

  151. Heather S says

    I like gettng beads for bead bracelets

  152. Susan F says

    I would get scrapbooking supplies.

  153. heather c says

    I love buying paints, paint brushes and canvases for my artistic creations!

  154. debbie says

    I buy alot of yarn.

  155. april yedinak says

    Drawing supplies and paper for my daughter

  156. Cheryl W says

    I love cross stitch kits

  157. dario says

    i like their model kits cars planes ships

  158. Katie R says

    I love buying scrapbooking supplies at Michaels

  159. Teresa says

    Yarn, yarn and more yarn!

  160. Caren C. says

    The yarn section is my crack.

  161. rebecca says

    Scrapbooking supplies and prismacolors

  162. stony says

    I love the wholes store from the fabrics and patterns to painting and dye, crochet and ribbons

  163. Marsha says

    I like to buy duct tape for my daughter and yarn for me

  164. melina r says

    I like to buy arts or crafts items that the kids need for school

  165. Daiva says

    I like buying my scrapbook supplies there

  166. VJM says

    I love to buy yarn there.

  167. Missy L says

    I like to buy supplies for crafts I’m working on. Things like photo frame crafts, wood crafts, and baskets.

  168. Cynthia R says

    i like to buy scrapbooking supplies there

  169. Melanie Morin says

    I like their frames.

  170. Gianna says

    Yarn and plastic canvas.

  171. Carmen says

    I love to buy yarn and card-making supplies

  172. Lisa says

    I like getting scrapbooking materials

  173. Roshanda P says

    I heart Michaels.. I love the wood crafts where you can paint and deocrate

  174. katfam says

    I often go there for cake decorating supplies and craft supplies for the kids.

  175. stephanie gregory says

    My favorite things to buy are arts and crafts for my kids! Like glue, glitter, paper, scissors etc!

  176. MelodyJ says

    I like to buy beads and jewelry making supplies


  177. christine jessamine says

    i love getting scrapbooking supplies at michaels

  178. Aimee Fontenot says

    I’ve only ever bought glitter from Michael’s to put in the paint of the door switches in my car. I REALLY want some cake decorating stuff I saw when I was there though.

  179. Caryn S says

    My daughter loves the foam stickers

  180. Denise S says

    Latch hook rug kits.

  181. Claire says

    I like buying yarn because they always have great sales on it.

  182. Katharina says

    I like shopping at Michael’s for scrapbook paper, albums, and stickers.
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  183. Katharina says

    I like shopping at Michael’s for scrapbook paper, albums, and stickers. 🙂
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  184. Robin says

    I usually buy clay

  185. Theresa D says

    I love to buy Scrapbook paper.

  186. Karen M says

    My favorite items to buy at Michael’s are beads.

  187. Tamar says

    I buy picture frames

  188. Carly says

    Knitting supplies.

  189. Jaclyn Reynolds says

    We like buying sculpty clay!

  190. Denise M says

    i love buying yarn and knitting needles

  191. Liane says

    I need more picture frames for all my lovely kids pics

  192. kimberly says

    scrapbook paper, candles and lined baskets. 🙂

  193. BritT brill says

    I like to buy both scrap booking items and Wilton chocolates

  194. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    yarn and material
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  195. DAMIAN JARREAU says

    I buy party decorations there

  196. Debbie C says

    I love to buy fabric, yarn, and holiday decorations at Michaels.

  197. Melody Drew says

    I love buying scrapbooking supplies!

  198. Michelle H. says

    I’d love to get some more beads for making jewelry

  199. Karen says

    I like to buy acrylic paint at Michael’s. Thanks for the giveaway.

  200. April V. says

    I buy jewelry and painting supplies at Michaels.

  201. sumer says

    I love the huge selection of crafts for children.

  202. sarah t says

    i love to get my scrapbook paper there

  203. tomato says

    I like to buy jewelry making stuff.

  204. christina givens says

    I have always loved their holiday decorations, especially Christmas

  205. alisa says

    paint and other art supplies!

  206. Angela Neynaber says

    I love buying the holiday craft kits like a Halloween house or Easter bunny village!

  207. Angela Neynaber says

    I like the holiday craft kits!

  208. Angela Neynaber says

    Scrapbook supplies!

  209. Marty Harris says

    I like getting craft paper

  210. Paula Tavernie says

    I like to buy small craft kits for the kids to do!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

  211. Michelle W says

    I love to buy beads for my jewelry

  212. Jennifer M says

    I like to buy craft kits for the kids.

  213. Bonnigene says

    I love to buy my card making things at Micheals

  214. McKim says

    I like to buy scrapbooking items.

  215. Serena Powell says

    I like buying canvases and paint

  216. Derek T says

    We like to get various scrap booking items!

  217. Angela Cisco says

    Scrap-booking supplies

  218. Liz Baer says

    We like to buy craft kits at Michaels.

  219. Amy Woods-Smith says

    I like to buy glass paint.

  220. Jackee says

    I love their kid and $1 items

  221. Allison says

    There are so many things that I love, but if I had to pick I would chose the kids crafts.

  222. Robby Rob says

    we used to buy a lot of the fake flowers so my wife could make wreaths. they have a great selection. now it’s fun to go in there and let the kids pick out small crafts that will keep them busy for a while.

  223. Carolyn Daley says

    I like buying yard, beads, and keyrings

  224. Erika P. says

    Beads and other jewelry making supplies.

  225. Mary Cloud says

    Kids crafts for my children

  226. Tim Stephens says

    I love to buy all sorts of various items for science labs I make up as a teacher.

  227. Samantha says

    I love buying scrapbooking stuff there!

  228. Jessica Lagana says

    I like buying seasonal decorations!

  229. dani marie says

    i would buy silk flowers and make crowns.

  230. amy deeter says

    scrapbooking supplies.

  231. Kathy Davis says

    I love to buy scrapbook supplies.

  232. Kathy Davis says

    FB fan as Kathy Newsom Davis

  233. Ger says

    I like buying frames and vases!

  234. Tiffany S. says

    I love buying supplies for scrapbooking!!!

  235. Sarah says

    I like to buy notepads, soaps, candles, toys, etc. for stocking stuffers.

  236. Trisha McKee says

    I buy scrapbooking supplies.

  237. Corey Olomon says

    Art supplies for my kids.

  238. Jennifer C says

    I buy a lot of the fun foam craft kits for my Girl Scout troop.

  239. mary gardner says

    love their great selection of frames!

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  240. Nephitiri says

    I like to buy craft items.

  241. tracey byram says

    I like buying jewelry making supplies.

  242. chrissy stone says

    I have an 18 moth old son who is a budding artist! Michaels is great for a variety of crafts that even my little one can love and have fun with!

  243. Abbey says

    I end up getting all of my frames there but have also gotten a lot of craft supplies for decorating the nursery.

  244. ashley says

    I love to buy Halloween and Christmas decorations at Michael’s!

  245. Virginia Rowell says

    I love to buy their paints and stencils.

  246. Patrice P. says

    I like to buy decorations for Christmas and other holidays.

  247. brittney says

    I like finding cute little things to decorate with.
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

  248. susan smoaks says

    my favorite thing to buy at michaels is paint, i love to paint!

  249. r hicks says

    paint supplies

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  250. kathy pease says

    i like to buy wreath decorating items

  251. r hicks says

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  252. Lori A. says

    I love buying yarn at Michaels; I’m an avid crocheter!

  253. Ellie Wofford says

    I love to buy stuff to add to my steampunk outfit!

  254. Rachel says

    I love Michael’s for the craft supplies, especially flowers.

  255. Chrystal J. says

    I like buying drawing supplies and holiday decor.

  256. Amanda Kinder says

    I usually like to buy cross-stitch kits!

  257. Harold D says

    Love the crafts that they sell, I buy them for my granddaughter and grandson.

  258. jessica schueler says

    I like buying fabric ect..

  259. Carrie says

    I love buying wilton products for baking at Michaels

  260. Wendy R says

    i love their great selection of scrapbooking stuff!

  261. Karen Gonyea says

    We love to buy beads and wire to make jewelry 🙂

  262. Dawn Reid says

    Crafts and paints for our fun projects

  263. Vicki D. says

    I always buy my picture frames there. They have great sales.

  264. Kim A. says

    I usually go between 2 things scrapbook stuff, or candle scents.
    Thanks for the opportuunity.

  265. Michael’s always has good quality frames, which I have purchased on many occasions.

  266. Nicole says

    I mostly buy yarn, canvases and sculpey!

  267. Jessica Hays says

    I love to get christmas decorations!!

    jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

  268. Kim Reid says

    I love to buy yarn and other stitching supplies – Thanks!

  269. Amber S. says

    Craft supplies for the kids and fabric.

  270. Kelsey Little says

    I love to buy Scrapbooking supplies at Michaels.

    shopditzydiva@yahoo dot com

  271. Breanne says

    I buy fabric there

  272. I buy Picture Frames


  273. barbara wright says

    I buy their Wilton cake decorating stuff!

  274. Ann Council says

    I like to buy beads.

  275. Jessica A says

    I love to buy my supplies for embroidery there.


  276. Jamie says

    Fall holiday decor for Halloween and autumn in general. Love it!

  277. Claire McKeon says

    I like getting cross stitch books and floss

  278. Scrapbook paper! They have better selection than other places near me.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

  279. Heather R says

    I like to buy fabrics and yarn for projects

  280. I like buying jewelry supplies, and Christmas decor!

  281. shirley zolenski says

    I buy alot of craft sets

  282. AEKZ2 says

    I like to buy beads to make necklaces

  283. things to make candles

  284. meme says

    I love their Wilton cake decorating products

  285. Charity S says

    I love to buy art crafts

  286. DanV says

    We like to buy school supplies and crafts

  287. Barbara Long says

    My favorite thing to buy at Michael’s is seasonal items (especially Christmas items).


  288. michelle colon says

    Def kids stuff! We like looking through clearance or using the coupons!

  289. Lily Kwan says

    My favorite things to buy at Michaels are baskets.

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