Poor's Man Firework




About: I always liked making stuff and when my grandfather showed me Instructables I became an addict. I don't have any degrees yet but I'm working on my aeronautics engineering degree :-P

If you are not able to get real fireworks here's your solution: Steel wool fireworks.

Steel wool fireworks look amazing and are a chance to impress your friends with some cool pyrotechnics. They are easy and cheap to make and are an opportunity to take some astonishing photos.

Step 1: Watch Video

Step 2: Materials

For this project you will need:

- Steel wool.

- Pliers.

- Some rope.

- Thick electric wire.

- Scissors would be helpful.

- A lighter.

Step 3:

As you can see in the photo, cut a small piece of wool, then wrap it tight with some wire (we don't want the wool to fall while we spin). Now make a loop at the other end of the wire, tie the rope and cut it so it will be comfortable for you to spin.

It will be optional to put the wool in a metal tea holder instead of using wire but i'm not allowed to use the one in my home so...wire.

Step 4: Safety

This project is dangerous (I do not take responsibility for any injuries cause by it), when attempting it once a burning piece fell on my sleeve and made a hole in it. This is why you should wear a hat, glasses, gloves and long clothing.

Do it away from anything flammable or living.

Step 5: The Fun Part

Hold the end of the rope right, light the wool and start spinning.

For the best photos use the long exposure option in the camera.

Be careful and good luck.

Step 6: That's It

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    16 Discussions


    Reply 3 years ago

    It will be perfect for this event. Be careful


    Reply 3 years ago

    Oh not at all.. I bought mine in my neighborhood market for a cheap price. They sell it for cleaning pots. Be careful :}


    Reply 3 years ago

    Tnx I have another firework guide on my profile check it out.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    There are much easier ways to attach the steel wool, since the way you do it, every time you want to refill, it takes time, and could be troublesome in the dark...

    4 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    This is why I suggested the metal tea holder. I agree wire isn't the best way but it is the cheapest and the easiest to get.