4th of July Crafts
Toys to Make
Patriotic Star Garland
What you will make:
Make paper stars in red, white and blue, then string them together to
make a garland for Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July. Simply use different
colors of paper to make star decorations for Christmas or other holidays. This project
is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials.
With a little preparation by the adults or teen leaders, this project is fast and fun.
Related craft: Make a
Stars and Stripes Pennant Banner
with five-pointed stars or for really quick
Chinese Paper Lanterns.
Here's what you need:
- Craft paper in red, white and blue
- Hole punch
- Ruler or paper trimmer
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make a Star Garland
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Precut paper blanks for the stars in equal amounts of red, white
and blue. Each star is cut from a rectangle that is 4" by 5" or
6" by 7½".
For best results, the blanks need to have straight sides and square corners. The sizes
can vary a bit. If you want larger or smaller stars, just keep similar proportions—an
8" by 10" rectangle works well for a large star.
- Step 2: Make Five-Pointed Stars
- Fold the rectangle in half, matching the short sides.
- Find the center of the left side by folding in half again
and making a short pinch crease. Unfold.
- With the fold at the bottom, bring the lower right corner to
the center of the left side (marked with the pinch crease) and crease.
- Fold the lower left corner up and crease along the folded
edge above it. A triangle shape will be on top.
- Fold again, matching the folded edge of the triangle to the
right side. The narrow tip of the folded paper is the center of
- Cut the folded paper on an angled line from the left edge to
the right edge—see the illustration. Unfold the triangle
that was cut off to reveal the star. Vary the angle of the cut
line to change the thickness of the star points.
- Step 3: Punch Holes
Punch holes in two opposite points of each star.
- Step 4: String the Stars
Cut a length of yarn long enough for the number of stars and where
it will be hung—usually 4 to 6 feet
(1 to 2 meters.) Weave the yarn through the punched holes on the
stars (children may need help here).
A blunt yarn needle can make the job go faster.
- Step 5: Hang Garland
Hang the garland using tape, tacks or whatever hanging material is
appropriate for the surface being decorated.
That's it! Stand back and enjoy your creation.
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