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Star-Spangled Style: American Flag-Inspired Ribbon Pins

For a nice nod to the American flag on the Fourth of July, add a star-shaped ribbon pin to your clothes, bag, or sun hat. Choose ribbon that’s not too flimsy in the desired width (the thinner the ribbon, the smaller the star will be). For a large star, cut a 30-inch length of ribbon; for a tiny one, no more than a foot.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 2014


  • Ribbon, such as grosgrain

  • Pin backs, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, or 1 inch, depending on desired star size (available at crafts stores)

  • Hot-glue gun


  1. Hold one end of cut ribbon between left index finger and thumb, with remainder pointing at a 45-degree angle toward tip of index finger. Wrap ribbon over and around index finger, creating a pretzel-shaped loop.

  2. Slide out finger, holding loop securely. Tuck opposite end of ribbon through loop; pull to create a flat knot. Repeat to make as many points as desired, adjusting each knot so its bottom left touches bottom right of previous one. (Thinner ribbons will require more knots.)

  3. Trim ribbon ends, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch on each side. Tuck each end into knot at opposite side to complete star, pulling gently to adjust; use dabs of glue to secure. Attach pin back with glue; let dry before wearing.

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