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Starry Tabletop Runner

Created By: Ariana Phillips




Add pizzazz to your Fourth of July party with starry tabletop runners made from red and white paper. The motif can be produced by tracing a four-star template onto accordion-folded paper and cutting multiples. Use a blue tablecloth as a base for the runners, and then cover them with organdy. Matching napkin ties can double as place cards and complete the theme.


  • Star template
  • Card stock
  • Craft knife
  • Small star template
  • Bone folder
  • Heavy red and white paper
  • Tape and double-sided tape
  • Pencil
  • Red string


  1. Step 1


    Download large four-star template, and print onto card stock. Using a craft knife, cut out template.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a sheet of heavy red paper to 7 1/4 by 29 inches. With a pencil, mark 1 long side at 7 1/4-inch intervals. Using a bone folder, accordion-fold paper at marked intervals.

  3. Step 3

    Place template on top of paper, letting points of stars hang just over folds; trace. Cut around template and through layers, leaving stars attached where points touch and at folds. Repeat with more red paper. Unfold; connect cutouts with tape at back. Repeat process using heavy white paper.

  4. Step 4

    Secure runners to tablecloth with double-sided tape, and top with organdy.

  5. Step 5

    Follow step 1, above, but download small star template. Trace onto heavy red and white paper; cut out 1 red star and 1 white star for each guest.

  6. Step 6

    Write guest's name on white star, and pierce tops of both; thread stars onto red string.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2008



Reviews (7)

  • SimplySusie 2 Jul, 2011

    Think Christmas! And shiny paper!

  • barbararogers 22 Jun, 2008

    I use a solid color tablecloth with cut out letters, like Happy Birthday, cake, candles,etc. By using a plastic cover, everything is protected and can be used again. You can use anything...leaves, greetings,etc.

  • Anna_Marie 21 Jun, 2008

    with red and blue stars. Thanks!

  • Anna_Marie 21 Jun, 2008

    I like it! Could easily be changed to white cloth

  • beverson 21 Jun, 2008

    I really like the idea of putting the sheer cloth over the paper cut-outs. This particular table is not my favorite look, but you could put all sorts of different things under the cloth -- others shapes, cut-outs from wrapping or scrapbook paper, pressed flowers, just about anything from the scrapbooking genre...

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 21 Jun, 2008

    This is a wonderful idea. Thank you.

  • netdiva790 21 Jun, 2008

    So glad we got this a little BEFORE the target holiday. Some of the ideas are great but come too late to make up in time. Thanks Martha