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
- Bone folder
- 1/8-inch hole punch
- White cotton string
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.
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.)
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.
Fan out the paper to form a star, and bring the ends together. Staple the ends together with a mini-stapler.
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.