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Red, White, and Blue Ribbon Stars

Use ribbons to create these patriotic stars of the party: garlands and festive straws that incorporate the colors and elements of the American flag.

Created By: Ariana Phillips




Make a mix of medium and large stars for the garlands (we used 1 1/2- to 2-inch-wide ribbons) and miniature stars for the straws (1/4-inch-wide ribbons).


  • Red, white and blue ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Straws


  1. Step 1

    Loop 1 end of ribbon, as shown (loop should resemble an "awareness" ribbon); secure with double-sided tape.

  2. Step 2

    Make a second loop, to the left of the first; secure with tape. Make and secure 3 more loops, each one opposite the previous loop.

  3. Step 3


    Cut end; tape to center. Tape a paper circle to back. Stick 2 smaller circles, in contrasting colors, to front (trim 1 with decorative scissors, and add a message if desired).

  4. Step 4

    Tape ribbon tails to backs of some stars. Tape all stars on long lengths of ribbon, and hang.

  5. Step 5


    Cut slits in backing of each star for straw.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2008



Reviews (10)

  • Maeve42 5 Jun, 2012

    How funny! When I first tried to make these out of the magazine (several years ago) for some reason I just could NOT get it to work! But I just tried it tonight with some ribbon I happened to have laying around and, while not perfect, it worked! I didn't use double-sided tape (I recall it not sticking to the ribbon well last time) but instead just stapled the whole thing when I was done with the folding. Thanks for a great idea! :)

  • JulieWSkeens 18 Jun, 2009

    I have a 5 point star made out of cardboard that I use to wrap the ribbon around. I wrap the ribbon, pull the star out and then hot glue it together. It makes a much neater star. I've used this to make Christmas ornaments with my special needs students. LOVE this project!

  • mwedding 5 Jul, 2008

    I love the way these look.

    I do not love the directions. I tried these many different ways, with different sizes and types of ribbon and tape. Getting them just right is not easy, so if you're going to make these, be prepared for a more "rustic" look. Also, don't think that you can do this with kiddos...this was WAY too complicated for me to do with my daughter's help.

    Sigh...I had such high hopes.

  • Martha-Student 2 Jul, 2008

    simple , easy and amazing

  • 3bigboys 2 Jul, 2008

    I wish the picture on how to fold the ribbon was a little bit more detailed. I must be more of a visual learner and also am wondering if I bought the right kind of ribbon, that part wasn't clear either.

  • melswen 1 Jul, 2008

    Very festive. Is there a templete for the "Happy 4th of July?

  • mokika 1 Jul, 2008

    Really a nice idea, i love it.

  • LindenBlossom 1 Jul, 2008

    What a quick and easy way of making rosettes!

  • 1Toffy 1 Jul, 2008

    This is a great craft, and so easy. I agree this would make great decorations for many events.

  • wanderingnanaof11 1 Jul, 2008

    Such a cute idea. You could use different colors of ribbons and decorate for birthdays, baby showers, themed parties, etc. Thanks for sharing "P