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Star Garland

Fly the nation's colors on the Fourth with this jaunty string of stars.




  1. Step 1

    For each ornament, cut a four-pointed star from solid-color card stock and two from patterned origami paper. (Draw your own stars or use our templates.)

  2. Step 2

    Use a glue stick to sandwich the card-stock star between the decorative ones, right sides facing out; stagger the tips to create an eight-pointed star.

  3. Step 3


    Machine-stitch through one axis of a big red star; sew 4 inches beyond its tip, or lift foot and pull out 4 inches of thread, then pick up again at the tip of a blue star. Repeat, alternating between colors.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2003



Reviews (7)

  • pinkjb 2 Jul, 2012

    I love the idea of incorporating the sewing machine!

  • Maeve42 23 Jun, 2010

    I was thinking that they would make good Christmas decorations, too, just change the colours to red, white and green, or whatever your Christmas colour scheme may be. I'm definitely going to try this one! :)

  • joyshared 23 Jul, 2009

    change the color scheme and this makes a fantastically affordable wedding decoration! and thanks granna, I'm totally using your suggestion for making the stars 3-D

  • PinkGranny 18 Jun, 2008

    Very cute. The Americana prints are on sale right now and this is inspiring. I will make them with fabric so that I can keep them on hand.

  • wduke2 17 Jun, 2008

    You could sew them out of outdoor fabric so they would weather better or use regular fabric that has been stiffened a little with iron on facing.

  • Granna 17 Jun, 2008

    Instead of using a glue stick to sandwich the stars, couldn't you just stitch the stars down and then open them for a 3-d effect?

  • animallover4ever 17 Jun, 2008

    this will look great on the porch for the 4th of july picinic. And simple to do.
    Thanks, for the idea.