Paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls
Double sided tape
Festive tape, such as washi
Scissors, pen, and a ruler
Cut your paper towel rolls in half if using, or do nothing if you are using toilet paper rolls.
Measure and cut your festive paper to fit your rolls. Measure each separately if your paper towel rolls are various lengths, like mine.
Wrap three pieces of double sided tape around your rolls and attach your festive paper. You only need to wrap the paper once so cut off the excess. Use the festive tape to tape over where the edges of the paper meet.
Cut your balloon in half, and tie the end in a knot. Stretch the balloon over one end of your roll so that it is taunt without bending the roll, and secure with your festive tape.
And, that is it. Just sprinkle in some confetti and gently pull your balloon tail.
For another easy Fourth of July project check out last year's straw fireworks craft.