How To Make Fireworks In Minecraft

Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world due to its endless replayability and immense player freedom. With the crafting recipe and enough creativity, you’re free to do virtually anything you can imagine while you play. Unfortunately, this means figuring out what you need in order to do something specific can take a bit of guesswork and trial and error.

With a guide, though, you’ll be on your way to having fun in no time. Today, we’ll be covering how to make fireworks, going over what you’ll need to do it, how to do it, and what you can do with the finished product.


As of the latest update on computer, console, and mobile editions of the game, fireworks are completely supported and available to craft or spawn in the game. You should have no problem making fireworks so long as you have the required base materials to work with regardless of where you choose to play the game.


The firework rocket item has one of the simplest crafting recipes in the game. For the most basic version of the item, all you need is paper and gunpowder. For a version that is a more true example of a firework, you will also need a firework star item, which we’ll discuss in more detail shortly.

How to Craft

In order to craft a firework rocket, you must first have a crafting table to use. Once you have created one and placed it down, simply open the crafting menu and place a unit of paper and a unit of gunpowder into the grid. Once this is done, you should see the end result as a firework rocket.

By hovering over the firework rocket icon in the crafting menu, you can check the duration of the rocket once it is in flight. Using only one unit of gunpowder produces a duration of 1, which is about 12 to 22 blocks in height. You can increase the duration to 2 and 3 by adding one or two more units of gunpowder, increasing the height to 23 to 39 blocks and 40 to 60 blocks, respectively.

When you’ve placed in as much gunpowder as you want, drag the completed firework rocket into your inventory. You can stack up to 64 firework rockets into a single space at one time.

This form of the firework rocket, unfortunately, will not make any sort of explosion animation once it detonates. Its main purpose is to increase your flight time while equipped with the elytra item, setting off the firework rocket in hand to boost you up without damaging you. For the firework rocket that will produce an explosion, you will need an additional item in the recipe known as the firework star.

There are five types of firework star you can choose to make, each one changing the color of the resulting explosion once your firework rocket is detonated. Each starts with a base of 1 unit of gunpowder.
For a brown star, craft with 1 unit of cocoa beans and 1 unit of glowstone dust. For a Creeper-shaped magenta star, craft with 1 unit of magenta dye and 1 head item (Creeper head, skull head, etc.). For an orange star, craft with 1 feather and 1 unit of orange dye. For a green star, craft with 1 feather, 1 unit of cactus green, and 1 unit of glowstone dust. Finally, for a star-shaped blue star, craft with 1 gold nugget, 1 diamond, and 1 lapis lazuli. You can also craft the last three types of finished stars made here with another item to cause the explosion to fade into a different color as they disappear using rose red, dandelion yellow, and rose red, respectively, on each kind of star.

To use one of these firework rockets, simply use them on any block near you or set them off with a dispenser item. These fireworks can also be used to boost you mid-flight, though they will inflict 7 points of damage to your character when they do so.

Crafting fireworks in Minecraft is easy and fun, with the biggest challenging being simply the gathering of materials. Once you know what kind of firework rocket you want, though, it’s just a matter of getting what you need.

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