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Red, White, and Blue Garland

Fashioned from red, white, and blue paper stars, this festive garland adds a patriotic touch to a doorway or mantel.




Easy and inexpensive to make, it's a great holiday project for both children and adults.


  • Letter-size, stationery-weight paper in red, white, and blue
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Bone folder
  • Mini-stapler
  • 1/8-inch hole punch
  • White cotton string


  1. Step 1

    Cut paper to 6 by 11 inches. Using a bone folder to make crisp folds, fold the paper in half; then, fold it in half twice more. Open the folded paper, and use the creases as guides to accordion fold the paper to resemble a fan.

  2. Step 2

    With the paper still folded, find the center, and mark it with a pencil. Use a desktop stapler to staple the center. (The staple should be perpendicular to the folds.)

  3. Step 3

    Make a mark, 1 inch from each end on the folded side of the fan. Using scissors, trim both ends of the paper on an angle, starting from the 1-inch marks and cutting to the paper's edges.

  4. Step 4

    Fan out the paper to form a star, and bring the ends together. Staple the ends together with a mini-stapler.

  5. Step 5

    With a 1/8-inch hole punch, punch 2 holes, one fold apart from each other. Thread cord through one hole, around the back of the star, and then through the other hole.

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Reviews (49)

  • SimplySusie 2 Jul, 2011

    This garland can be made in any color for any holiday or event. I added letter "flags" from another site. I used pastel typing paper to make "floret" stars, strung four, then Happy Easter individual "flag" letters, then four more for the perfect length to hang by my entry on the porch. I plan to do white, green, yellow for St. Patty, orange, yellow, black for Halloween, brown, yellow, orange for Thanksgiving, green, red, white for Christmas. These work great to hang individually from ceiling.

  • BeezKneez75 28 Jun, 2011

    you can find the video here-

  • redhat1938 28 Jun, 2010

    Can someone please tell me how to find the video for the red, white and blue garland. The comments below state to go to Patriotic and it can be found. I cannot seem to find Patriotic. Please help

  • shesmom 29 Jun, 2009

    gina1234 - any craft store that has paper craft will have a bone folder. it is a tool that helps make defined edges.

  • gina1234 23 Jun, 2009

    Sounds like a great project! What is a bone folder and where do they sell them?

  • casandrayaz 18 Aug, 2008

    I used this garland to decorate every party. Different color combinations, for each ocassion. I just made it for a Baby Shower using a combination of tones of blue. Very affordable and looks great. Thanks!

  • carolinaliving 18 Jul, 2008

    Using winter holiday colors, this idea could also be used for Christmas garlands.

  • Shelby427 3 Jul, 2008

    I used the cardstock paper from the "Summer Stack" cardstock (I got it at Jo-Ann Fabrics for 9.99 on sale!) and not only did I make Red and Blue stars, but I made stars that had 4th of July patterns on them such as fireworks and stars and stripes on them. I didnt use them as a garland however, I used them in a crystal bowl as a centerpiece on my dining room table!

  • gramslams 3 Jul, 2008

    i just made one of the stars. so quick and easy. im going to michaels and get more paper.

  • mtmom33 28 Jun, 2008

    terrie-bear--Thanks for letting us know that the cardstock at Michaels works too--I was looking at that pack of paper wondering if it would work or be too heavy since Martha said it should be "stationery-weight paper"! Those paper packs go on sale frequently at Mike's ($1.99 thru today).

  • mtmom33 28 Jun, 2008

    June 28
    spinsheep, If you go back about 16 comments here you will see the directions in 4 parts, numbered 1 to 4 in separate posts to find the video.

    The paper that terrie-bear is talking about at Michaels is on sale through today for $1.99; If you miss the sale you can go online to and print out a 50 percent off coupon good through July 5th to use next week.

  • spinssheep 25 Jun, 2008

    Something like this I would rather "see" a pattern and have a descriptive, I'm a more visual person.

  • terrie-bear 25 Jun, 2008

    I have made these following the video, they have turned out nice. I found a pack of paper in red, blue, cream, beige, and hunter green for $4.99 for 50 sheets at Michaels. It was called the Heritage Assorted cardstock pack. The off white makes the stars appear vintage. I found buying the colors by the sheet of paper cost prohibitive.

  • Mackfever 24 Jun, 2008

    Great Idea, you could also use this for baby and bridal showers, wedding, Easter, Christmas, and the list goes on, lol. Just change the colors.. =)

  • kelbo1303 24 Jun, 2008

    I made these in the summer school class I teach and the kids loved them! I also tried rounding the end instead of cutting it at a point and we add pipe cleaner leafs and a pom pom in the center to make it aflower!

  • terrie-bear 24 Jun, 2008

    Thanks mtmom33 for the GREAT directions on how to find the video link on how to make the stars. I too had gone to through a long search to try and find the video. Nancy1941's directions always comes back with a message to check again later for some reason. I'm off to make stars :)

  • Anna_Marie 23 Jun, 2008

    Dear mtmom33: Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to write out instructions and not giving up! Job well done...I found it! I typed the key words from your instructions in my personal notes on that craft, so I could find it again, later.

  • Nancy1941 23 Jun, 2008

    Go to Martha and click on patriotic and chose red white and blue video. You have to go to the web site, not the craft of the day email.

  • smurfett8 23 Jun, 2008

    the video is on Itunes....type in Martha Stewart or click the ad for Martha on demand...anyone can watch it, you don't have to load it on an ipod or anything.

  • shptkn 23 Jun, 2008

    went through the entire 6 page TV video crafts and could not find it

  • dottikins 23 Jun, 2008

    To mtmom33, I know that frustration of them not taking the full comment, and I finally figured out, I think, that if you use a brand name of something, it won't take it, and it stops the comment right there. I might be wrong, but that is what I thought I figured out.

  • marbear 23 Jun, 2008

    Thanks, mtmom33, I found it!

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    There ya go!! I think I probably exceeded the 500 words or used symbols not allowed!! But believe me, I shortened it WAY down and it still wouldn't take it all at once!!

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    4. Then on the next page, you'll see a section on the right entitled "Patriotic Craft Videos"--below that you'll see the photo and the link for "Festive Garland".

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    3. Then on the next page you'll see a photo entitled "Patriotic Candles, bikes...."--click on that.

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    2. Then on the next page, at the left, click on the "Featured Videos" link.

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    1. Click on TV and Video Link at the top of the page.

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    I have no idea why it won't allow my entire message!! Frustrating! I'm not giving up! Maybe one step at a time--that will mean lots more posts from me! (sorry!)

  • Anna_Marie 23 Jun, 2008

    Did you type in the name of anything else? Like "_ tunes"? If you type in any other proper noun or brand name, it does that. Frustrating

  • mtmom33 23 Jun, 2008

    RE:VIDEO--Click on TV

  • NancyMadeline 23 Jun, 2008

    Do you fold it length-wise or width-wise ??

  • Anna_Marie 23 Jun, 2008

    Thanks for your answer, gacrafter, and your time spent looking. Happy 4th!

  • gacrafter 23 Jun, 2008

    forgot to say, I did this today, 6/23/08.

  • gacrafter 23 Jun, 2008

    I went through the videos, one by one, and did not find a listing for this project. I must say it would have been a quicker undertaking if the videos were in categories (receipes, crafts, etc.) I think I can do the project from the written instructions but it would have been great to have a picture of the folds.

  • Anna_Marie 23 Jun, 2008

    _ tunes, and everything else that has been suggested, today. Any one else actually made it to a video for this? TODAY?

  • Anna_Marie 23 Jun, 2008

    I've tried TV

  • pwalsh 23 Jun, 2008

    I cannot find this particular star garland on her website. Can you be more specific? Thank you.

  • indygobleu 23 Jun, 2008

    You can also get the video on itunes for free.You go to tv/video and click the martha on itunes link then look for the project name.

  • MariaNehring 23 Jun, 2008

    I found using a thin piece of double sided tape worked better than staples to bring the sides of the star together

  • quilter08 23 Jun, 2008

    The garland is a neat idea but I, too, need a visual! I cannot find a way to get it under Martha's TV. Any ideas?

  • Anna_Marie 23 Jun, 2008

    Love this! Simple and very classy. The stars could be unstrung and folded flat, to be stored in a plastic bag for reuse in subsequent years. Thanks!

  • Lisa717 23 Jun, 2008

    Yes, I to would be interested in having a pattern/diagram to follow fold by fold of this particular craft item.

  • MariaNehring 23 Jun, 2008

    I found a thin piece of Double sided tape worked better for bringing the sides of the star together than the staple did.

  • TeriLowe 23 Jun, 2008

    Yes please, I would love to find the link so I can create fold by fold....please share.

  • Applemom3 23 Jun, 2008

    What is the link.. there isn't a search feature under Martha's TV.

  • ISM 23 Jun, 2008

    There is a video on how to make these under Martha's TV

  • tpang05 6 Jun, 2008

    I was curious if there are any photos for the instructions? I am a visual learner and cannot figure out the procedure?

  • vah1964 2 Jun, 2008

    I used holiday-themed scrapbooking paper to make this garland for Christmas, and butcher's string to thread the "rosettes" together.

  • beaglesrule 10 Apr, 2008

    My husband's birthday is July 4th. I made this garland years ago when it first came out...made it very long. It really makes a great decoration for his day and our (America's) day. It's easy and looks super so try it!