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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.

Red, White, and Blue Garland

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

Introduction

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

materials

  • 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

steps

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

  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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