Canada Day Weiner Roast Fire Starters

Now that the great toilet paper fiasco of 2020 is over (please say it's so) our Int'l Bloggers Club decided those coveted rolls needed saving and turned into something fun and/or useful. I'm calling our challenge the Great TP Challenge of 2020 - The Year 💩 Got Real! July 1st is rapidly approaching and while our Canada Day celebrations will be very different this year, here in Alberta we are permitted to gather in small groups outdoors to celebrate. So I decided on a fun patriotic toilet paper roll craft by making Canada Day Weiner Roast Fire Starters for the occasion.

Canada Day Weiner Roast Fire Starters


Patriotic Toilet Paper Roll Craft


But there's an ulterior motive for turning the toilet paper rolls into DIY fire starters. Burning those rolls is a fun symbolic way of bidding the first half of 2020 farewell, good riddance, bye-bye, au revoir.

Canaa Day Weiner Roast Fire Starters

Whether you're spending the weekend at the cottage or enjoying time spent around the backyard firepit, these homemade fire starters add some family camping fun to the festivities. This is a great craft to do with the kids ahead of time.

Canada Day Crafts

But if you are not Canadian, these toilet paper roll fire starters could be decorated in your country's colors for your patriotic celebrations. But they don't have to be decorated patriotic, the possibilities for how you embellish them are endless!

Canadian Patriotic Craft

If you haven't heard of our Int'l Bloggers Club, we are a group of blogging friends from around the world who come together on the third Monday of every month to share a themed DIY project. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. I'm from a hamlet east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, just a 4-5 hour jaunt from the Canadian Rockies.

Links to my talented Int'l Blogging Club friend's Toilet Paper Roll projects are at the bottom of the post. Last month for our World Environment Day challenge I shared our Eco-Friendly Rain Barrel & Compost System.

Paper Patriotic Holiday Crafts

Here's an excerpt from Wikipedia about the history of Canada Day. It's a national statutory holiday every July 1st marking the anniversary of the confederation in 1867 when the British North American Act came into effect. It united three colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick into a single dominion with the British Empire called Canada. It was originally called Dominion Day until the name was changed in 1982.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Back to the highly sought after golden toilet paper rolls...

Toilet Paper Roll Fire Starters

You'll need to collect a few for your fire starters and you'll also need these supplies. I got all of mine from the dollar store. If you're like me and don't have a lot of patience, you may prefer using a hot glue gun instead of a glue stick.

Toilet Paper Roll Homemade Fire Starters

I also used some red polka dot wrapping paper leftover from the 12 Days Of Kindness Advent Calendar I made during the holidays.


Here's how to make the toilet paper roll fire starters


This is not intended to be a detailed tutorial of every single step but rather to inspire you to use what you have on hand to embellish your own fire starter tubes.

I snuck and used white and red paper from my grandson's construction paper booklet, do you think he'll notice? However, I found the red color looked more like a dark pink so I painted the sheets with holiday red acrylic craft paint first to get a true patriotic red.

Toilet Paper Roll DIY Fire Starters

Step 1 - Gather your empty toilet paper rolls. I used eight to make my Weiner roast fire starters.

Step 2 - Cut white craft paper into 7" x 7" pieces and wrap them around the toilet paper rolls with a glue stick.

Step 3 -  Fold one end of the paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls to cover the opening and secure with either hot glue or a glue stick.

Step 4 - Use a piece of Dowling or the end of a wooden spoon to tamp the folded paper flat from the inside of the roll. This will help the glue make better contact with the paper and they'll stand up better.

Step 5 - Time to take a break and head to the laundry room and outside for your fire starter materials. Collect dryer lint, small dead twigs, and dry pine cones.

Step 6 - Fill the paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls with the items you collected and fold the paper over to close the end. Add a few dabs of glue to keep it closed.

Now it's time to decorate the fire starters. Symbolic for Canada Day celebrations I created them in two different styles. One looks like firecracker sparklers and the other rocket crackers. Let's start with the rocket firecrackers.

Toilet Paper Roll Rocket Cracker Fire Starters


Canada Day Paper Craft

These fun rocket cracker style fire starters are made with both polka-dot wrapping paper and stenciled white craft paper.

Toilet Paper Roll Rocket Cracker Fire Starters

Step 1 - Wrap a few filled toilet paper rolls with wrapping paper and a glue stick

Step 2 - Cut the excess paper on each end in slits and glue toward the center.

Step 3 - Use a paint can or whatever you have on hand to trace a circle for the pointed rocket tops. Fold the cut circles in half and in half again. Cut one half down the center (pictured above). Fold each half on to itself to form a point and glue them together. Add a bead of hot glue along the top of the toilet paper roll and set the rocket lid on top, pressing firmly until the glue bonds.

Step 4 - To embellish the toilet paper rolls that are wrapped in white craft paper I reused the stencils I made with my Cricut Maker for the Canada Day Popsicle Stick Mini Pallet Coasters. I stenciled them with the same holiday red acrylic craft paint used to paint the construction paper.

Toilet Paper Roll Firecracker Fire Starters


Canada Day Toilet Roll Craft

These firecracker sparkler style fire starters were made solely with white and red construction paper and are super easy to make.

Toilet Paper Roll Firecracker Fire Starters

Step 1 - Grab your book of construction paper, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick or a hot glue gun.

Step 2 - For the vertical striped ones cut strips of red construction paper 1" x 7" with a paper cutter and glue them on the white craft paper-wrapped toilet paper rolls. I added three 1/4" horizontal bands of wrapping paper as well.

For the horizontal striped firecrackers cut strips of red construction paper 1/2" wide and glue onto the paper rolls.

Step 3 - To make the sparklers draw a 1/2" band along the bottom of red and white construction paper. Cut 1/4" slices all across the paper. I just eyeballed them but you could pre-measure for perfectly uniform sparklers. Do the same with red construction paper and glue them along the top of the fire starters.

Step 4 - Curl the sparklers by carefully wrapping them over your finger, just like when you curl narrow paper ribbon for wrapping gifts.

I made a total of eight TP fire starters, more than I need for Canada Day because I plan on using them all summer long.

Patriotic Cardboard Tube Crafts

If you have any questions about this toilet roll craft, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

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Fun Patriotic Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Now let's go see what my talented friend's made for our toilet paper roll challenge by clicking each link below.
Int'l Bloggers Club Toilet Paper Roll Challenge
  1. A Crafty Mix
  2. Northern Feeling
  3. Unique Creations By Anita
  4. Raggedy Bits (not pictured)
  5. Interior Frugalista (that's me)

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  1. They look so festive and grand Marie. Love how you made two versions and added that touch to turn them into something special. There are so many different occasions where a boring fire starter can be incorporated into the party decor. What fun!!!

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    1. I think my grandson will get a kick out of these and I'll let him place them among twigs in the firepit to help Grandma & Grandpa B make a bonfire.

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  2. Fantastic idea Marie! We always celebrate Canada day ( hubby is Canadian) even from far away, it's such a fun holiday and we had the best times with family when we lived over there!!!

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    1. You should be able to enjoy all the Canada Day festivities from afar this year because most will be virtual. Fun online activities for the kids, virtual concerts, etc. It makes me happy to know that he continues the Canadian pride from afar!

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  3. You crack me up Marie!! Those are really cute, I love this idea!!

    Tania

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    1. Glad I gave you a chuckle, Tania. You could easily add some blue to these for your 4th of July celebrations.

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  4. OMG Your post had me giggling and everything you said is so true. Lets burn them and hopefully we can carry on the rest of the year in peace. Your picture with the golden poo roll was just fantastic and was a true reflection of their status here in Australia. A really cool idea.

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    1. Glad I made you giggle, Anita! I had a few chuckles writing it. Finger's crossed the second half of 2020 is MUCH better than the first.

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  5. What a fun way to celebrate Canada Day! Love the beautiful bright colours! I hope one day I can get over to Canada and join in with the fun celebrations!

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    1. Girl, I hope one day I can get over to Australia. It's on my bucket list!

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  6. Funtastic ideas for summer!
    Hugs,
    Kippi

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  7. These are super fun and unique Marie. What a terrific and unique idea. Pinning

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    1. Thanks Leanna, they were fun to make and I may have already used a couple before the big day. With these cool evenings, the firepit is getting lots of use.

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  8. What a great kid's craft and fun decoration idea!

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    1. Hi Sandi, nice to see you here 🤗 Thank you so much, they were fun to make!

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  9. These are so cute, Marie! They can be easily made for our 4th of July decor as well! Thank you for sharing!

    Hugs,

    Tee @ Teediddlydee

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    1. Yes, they definitely could be adapted for the 4th of July, Tee, and so easy to make!

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  10. These are so cute Marie. Happy Canada Day. If things keep going they way there are in the USA I may be moving to Canada soon lol! Have a great Sunday.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. LOL, you're not the first person to tell me that, Kris! I've been asked if I rent rooms. 🤣😂

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  11. Omg, I'm dying, you're too funny! I so enjoyed reading your post and you're craft is super cute!

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    1. Glad I made you laugh, Allyson, and that you enjoyed the post and the craft! 🤗

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