On July 14th every year, France celebrates Bastille Day, their national holiday. Each year fireworks are set off from the Eiffel Tower, creating a beautiful display in the sky. Make your own Eiffel Tower, complete with fireworks, to celebrate with the French!
1. This would make a great history or sociology class project or extra credit. 2. This project requires patience and is best suited for older children. 3. Some cities hold French fairs and parades to celebrate this day.
Cut the box in half. In our example, the final measurements for the cut box are 4" wide, 1.5" deep, and 1.5" tall. Using the photo of the finished craft as a rough guide, cut half circles from the longest sides of the box.
Cut a smaller rectangle (about 2.5" x 1.5") from the remaining piece of the box; this will be the upper platform.
Cut all four jumbo craft sticks in half.
Cut the round ends off of four of the jumbo craft stick halves.
Cut the round ends off of four of the regular-sized craft sticks. Cut only one rounded end off of each of the remaining 2 regular sized craft sticks.
Lay a piece of newspaper on to the work surface and place all craft sticks, toothpicks and the box pieces on to it.
Paint all the craft sticks, boxes and the toothpicks with brown paint. Let dry, then flip over and paint the remaining sides.
Cut all three chenille stems into thirds and set aside.
Turn box upside down and glue one of rounded-end half jumbo craft sticks into each of the four corners of the box. They will serve as legs. Glue each stick on an outward-pointing slant inside the box, with the straight edge on the inside of the box. After it is glued in place, cut the rounded ends of the half jumbo sticks so that the tower will stand on its own.
Use a sharp knife to cut four slits in the top of the box base. This is where the four straight-edged jumbo craft stick halves will go. The slits just need to be long enough for the craft stick to slide in, but not too big or they will end up falling through.
Insert the jumbo craft stick halves into the slits and secure with glue.
Take the smaller rectangle you cut from the box and glue it on top of the four craft sticks.
Gather the four regular-sized craft sticks that have no rounded ends. Take two and hold them like a steeple, glue together at the top. Glue the bottom of the sticks onto the left side of the rectangular base, with the flat sides of the sticks facing forward. Repeat with another set of regular-sized craft sticks, and glue them on the right side of the base in alignment with the other steepled sticks.
Take remaining two regular-sized craft sticks and line up the rounded tops together. Glue the rounded ends, one over the other, and spread the bottom ends apart a little to form the point at the topper of the tower. Trim off the rounded ends of the topper you just created where needed. Join the two middle towers together by attaching the bottoms of the topper to the tops of the towers.
Cut the pointed ends off of all of the toothpicks.
Cut six of the toothpicks in half. Set the other two toothpicks aside.
From the 12 toothpick halves, take six of them and cut those in half.
Take one long half and two short halves; you will use these to create one of the "X" symbols on the front of the tower. Glue the two shorter pieces on either side of the longer piece to form an X.
Glue the "X" to the bottom of the 2 sticks on the upper platform.
Repeat steps 19 and 20 for a total of 6 X's.
Take the final 2 toothpicks and cut off 1/3 of each one.
Glue the two larger pieces together (stacked) and glue toward the top of the tower (see photo).
Glue the two smaller pieces together (stacked) and glue above the larger two pieces at the top of the tower.
Bend each piece of chenille to give them a little curve. These are your fireworks.
Glue chenille to the tower, starting with blue at the bottom, then silver, the red. Repeat this pattern again; trim the upper pieces so they are smaller than the lower pieces.
As a final step, touch up any scratched areas with brown paint and pull off any stray hot glue threads.