These red, white, and blue decorations will add a festive touch to any Memorial Day or Fourth of July celebration.
Give paper lanterns a patriotic makeover. To create a cascading star pattern, as shown here, cluster stars close together at the top of the lantern and paste stars farther apart toward the bottom.
A spirited holiday celebration calls for a fun take-home treat, like this goody bag of candies arranged to resemble the American flag.
Start by partially filling a 2-by-10-inch cellophane bag with blue candies to stand in for stars. Then add red and white candy sticks to mimic stripes. Tie the bag with red waxed twine, and don't be surprised if you catch yourself humming "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Fashion a set of red, white, and blue napkin rings in no time.
Cut 9-inch lengths of grosgrain ribbon or twill tape. Notch 1 end, or cut it at an angle. Loop the other end through 2 D rings, wrapping ribbon around the rings' straight edges, and glue it to itself (with fabric glue). Center a rolled napkin on the ribbon; thread the ribbon's free end through the rings as you would a belt, and pull it snug.
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