I saw somewhere fireworks made out of wooden dowels. So I told my DH I was going to Lowe's to buy some. He pulled old closet rods out of our spare bedroom and said "just cut these up". Worked like a charm. Of course I don't recommend doing it that way if you are using the closets. :)
So my wonderfully nice neighbor brings us firewood for our firepit all summer long. The other day he brought us some 4x4 pieces. I looked at them and thought they looked way to patriotic to burn. SO...I created a cute outdoor firework display.