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How to Make Your Own Chinese Fireworks

24 Mar 2023, 00:24 GMT+10

Are you looking to bring a little of the Chinese New Year spirit into your home this year? Look no further! Making your own Chinese fireworks is a fun and easy way to add a bit of excitement and fun to any occasion. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, or just an ordinary evening at home, you can enjoy the thrill of Chinese crackers with a few simple steps. In this blog post, we'll show you how to create Chinese fireworks in the comfort of your home. So, let's get started!

Table of Contents

Gather your materials

Make the firecracker paste

Assemble the firecrackers

Let them dry

Set them off!


Gather your materials

When you think of Chinese fireworks, images of colorful explosions likely light up in your mind. However, you'll need to gather a few materials to make your own Chinese fireworks. These include:

  • Cardboard or paper tubes - such as toilet paper rolls - and caps for the ends
  • Paper for the casing
  • Potassium nitrate, also known as saltpeter, for the fuel
  • Charcoal for fuel
  • Sulfur for fuel
  • Bamboo sticks
  • Wax paper
  • A lighter or matches
  • Safety glasses and gloves

Once you have all the materials, you can start creating your own Chinese fireworks.

Make the firecracker paste

Making the firecracker paste is the first step in creating your own Chinese fireworks. It's important to get the right ingredients and proportions; otherwise, the firecrackers will be less powerful.

To make the firecracker paste, you'll need the following:

  • 2 parts sulfur
  • 1 part potassium nitrate
  • 1 part charcoal

The first thing you'll need to do is mix the sulfur and potassium nitrate. You can use a mortar and pestle or a food processor to grind them together. Once they are combined, add the charcoal and blend the ingredients until they form a thick paste.

When the paste is ready, you can begin assembling the firecrackers. This paste is what will create the explosion when the firecrackers are lit. Be sure to store any extra paste in an airtight container for later use.

Assemble the firecrackers

Once you have made the firecracker paste, it's time to assemble your Chinese fireworks. Start by rolling out a piece of tissue paper and cutting it into a square shape. Place some of the paste onto the center of the paper, and then roll up the sides to form a tube. Make sure that the paste is evenly distributed throughout the tube.

With the tube complete, use a pair of scissors to cut it into smaller firecrackers, each about 1-2 inches in length. Tie each firecracker securely with a piece of string or twine. Make sure the strings are tied tightly, as they will hold the firecracker together when it is lit.

After assembling the firecrackers, let them dry in a cool, dark place for at least 24 hours. This will ensure that they are ready to be lit when you are ready to enjoy your Chinese fireworks!

Let them dry

Once you've assembled all your firecrackers, it's time to let them dry. This is an important step in making your Chinese fireworks because the firecrackers won't work if they're not completely dry. The best way to do this is to hang them up for several hours in a well-ventilated area, so the moisture evaporates. A fan can also be used to speed up the process. Once the firecrackers are completely dry and hard, you can store them for later or move on to setting them off.

Set them off!

It's time to set off your homemade Chinese fireworks! To ensure a safe and successful firework experience, follow these steps:

1. Find an open area away from buildings and flammable materials.

2. Set up a box or container filled with sand to put the firecrackers in. This will ensure that the firecrackers are held steady when lit and can prevent any flying debris.

3. Place the firecrackers into the sandbox.

4. Stand a safe distance away from the box, at least 20 feet away.

5. Light the firecracker fuse and quickly get out of the way.

6. Enjoy the spectacular display!

Make sure to handle fireworks with care and always use caution. You can also find a professional firework display to enjoy if you are uncomfortable setting off your fireworks.


Chinese fireworks are a fun way to celebrate any special occasion. With the right materials and a bit of patience, you can create your own firecrackers at home. Chinese fireworks are a great option if you're looking for a fun project with the kids or want to add some spark to an event. Just safe and enjoy the show!

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