Friday, July 1, 2011

Paper Crafting

I came across these two really great 4th of July projects and decided to take a break from working with fabric. 

paper star garland

This first one is a 3D star garland.  I found it as a kit at one of our local scrapbook supply shops.  It was super-simple, taking me about 30 minutes to complete.  The stars were all cut out for me – I just paired them up and stitched right down the center of each.  I left about a 1/2 inch of thread between each pair of stars as I chain pieced them together.  I also left 12”- 18” of thread on each end of the garland to help with hanging.  The next step was to fold each individual star in half to make it stand out 3D style.  Capeesh? 

paper star garland

30 minutes later I had my one and only 4th of July decoration!  Maybe next year I’ll add to it.  Possibly something like this.

The next project I did was originally found here.  My 9 year old and I thought that these would be fun to bring to our annual Cul-de-sac of Fire Celebration. 

filled paper rockets

The original rocket instructions want you to just print out the body and cone but I thought it would be more fun to find my own patriotic papers to use.  I also made our rockets a little longer to accommodate the particular type of candy we put inside.  (I can’t be more specific or I’ll give away the surprise!) 

My son helped me make these – he did a lot of the work – the folding, the taping, the filling…  and then I did the hot-gluing.  It took us a little more than an hour to make 14 rockets.

filled paper rockets for the 4th of July

They were fun to make and now we get to enjoy them on our bannister for a couple of days. 
(Martha has several other good (and quick) ideas to spruce up your Independence Day celebration.) 

Happy 4th everyone!


  1. You are amazing!!! These were so much fun! (and yummy)

  2. Can I please buy some from you!!! Garland and rockets! 💕


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