fast & festive for the fourth

a starry garland

ready for a quick idea to brighten up your home for this holiday weekend?  we were in need of some serious mood lifting this morning and in under an hour we whipped up some child-friendly craftiness.

using scrap papers in reds, whites, and blues and our large punch, the littles and i made a stack of stars. 

(keeping scrap paper is a must for me,  i have two expanding file folders full of organized-by-color pieces.  i also think  punches in all shapes and sizes are so handy - the possibilities for their use is really endless.) 

sewing starriness

we came up with our lay-out by randomly arranging and rearranging stars on a large table until we each gave approval.  then i ran each star through the sewing machine.  i grabbed a few at a time, so i wouldn't constantly be stopping and starting.  i also sewed towards a point, not from one, in case the point would get caught or bend.  it took less than 10 minutes.  (not forever as luca predicted.)

sewing stariness

one of the custom banners i made for the shoppe last month had lots of reds and blues and i remember storing away this idea for a paper garland when i saw the scraps on my work table. 

sewing stariness

luca kept watch as they fell off the back of the machine.  quality control folks.

sewing starriness

i didn't plan out the length or anything, we just punched until we were bored (which only took about 10-15 minutes.)

a starry welcome

right now our front porch is sporting a starry welcome.  they spin and flutter in the wind.  so pretty.

i will move the garland to the backyard for our bbq on sunday.  i think they would look so neat hanging over the picnic table.

first stitches

then i asked luca if he wanted to try it out himself.  first time using the sewing machine!  he was super duper excited.  after punching out some stars of his own,  i showed him how to run them through. 

starry pride

we decided to hang it in their room.  this boy is proud of his work.

starry window

i don't think we have seen the end of sewn paper garlands in this home.


HereWeGoAJen said...

Those are so cute! I really want to try making some.

amy lou said...

I love the way it turned out. Great idea!

inadvertent farmer said... that he made his own! Good job, Kim

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE the sewn paper garlands... I sort of feel like everything should be sewn into a garland and hung up (letters, dots, squares, stars!). :)

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Looks terrific. And I love the one that is just in shades of blue.

Delia said...

Very pretty! I love that you involved your son.

Lora said...

your boy is getting so tall! wow. they sure do grow up fast, dont they?
garlands are super cute!

misskatiez said...

wow! luca is better on the sewing machine than i am :) those are really cool...i heart stars so i may have to commission luca to punch and sew a garland for me :)

Alyssa Wine said...

Hi! I love how this turned out :) I am featuring your paper star banner on my blog today. Check it out at

<3 Alyssa

The Jenny Evolution said...

I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope
you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party
going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


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