Pipe Cleaner Firework Shirts

by Destri on June 25, 2014

Super easy Diy Firework Shirts made with a little fabric paint and pipe cleaners

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I first picked up this idea from my sister and my family has made new shirts for the 4th Of July every year since. It’s super easy and can be customized to any celebration!

Here’s how to do it:


  • shirts – I had white, but I think blue and red would look great too
  • fabric paint – I had red, blue, silver and gold glitter
  • pipe cleaners
  • paper
  • large paper plates


Start with three or four pipe cleaners.

Fold them in half – they don’t have to be even and actually look better if they aren’t.

Now twist in the center to join and make a handle.

Now spread out the pipe cleaners to looks like shown. You will want one pipe cleaner stamp for each color you are using.

Now squirt the paint in the plates – we had small ones and I wished we would have had bigger ones.

Now place a piece of paper in between the shirts so that the paint doesn’t bleed through to the back.


Press the pipe cleaner stamp onto the plate and get a good amount of paint on it. I took and pressed the pipe cleaners down a bit so when they pressed them onto the shirts they would meet the fabric. Press on the shirts where you want the fireworks to be.

Then pick up the stamp and rotate a little and stamp again. Then just repeat with the rest of the cleaners.

After you have all the paint on you want just let them dry with the paper still inside.

Pipe Cleaner Firework Shirt

All that’s left to do now is put them on and show them off. Hands on hips – this is his current favorite pose.

Firework Shirt Craft

We are going to be in Colorado again this year to celebrate, and I am hoping we get to see some fireworks. The last few years it’s been too dry.  At least this way we can wear ‘em :)

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!  We’ve been gone for two weeks and I’ve been more unplugged than ever – and I have to admit it’s been great!   Looking forward to getting back into a schedule, though we still have two weeks to go. Have you been on any adventures?

Have a great day!


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