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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008


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

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

  5. Cut slits in backing of each star for straw.

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