diy freezer paper stencil firework bags

Usually we venture out on the 4th for a fireworks show.
This year, we know we'll either have a newborn or be on high alert to get to the we're going low key.

I still want the boys to have some festive fun, so I put together little bags for them, filled with "fireworks" that are mellow enough for them to handle...sparklers, smoke bombs, party poppers, and snaps.

I made these in the same way that I made our Valentine treat bags...
{and I go into even more detail on freezer paper stenciling here, too}

What you'll need:
muslin bags
paint {I used Martha Stewart Crafts paint in poodle skirt, habanero, wild blueberry, and blue sky}
spouncer/paint brush/sponge for applying paint
FREEZER paper {someone always asks...not wax paper or parchment paper...freezer paper only!}
star punch {mine is a few years old, also from Martha Stewart} or a steady hand and an X-acto knife

How to do it:
Start by punching/cutting star shapes out of the freezer paper.
Iron freezer paper, shiny side down to bags.
Slide an index card or scrap card stock inside bags to prevent paint from bleeding through, and apply paint inside stencils.  {I think it's best to start on the outside of the stencil and work in towards the center so paint doesn't seep outside the stencil}
Allow paint to dry and peel off freezer paper.
Fill with your choice of age-appropriate fireworks and have fun!!

Happy birthday, America!  Everyone have a safe 4th!!

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