No celebration is complete without appropriate décor. This holiday garland and matching placemat will kick off your July Fourth feast. Consider these crafts your declaration of independence.

All-American Bandanna Garland and Place Mats
Credit: David Roth

What You'll Need:

  • Paintbrush
  • Tacky glue
  • Plain cloth placemat (19"x14")
  • Red, white, blue bandanas
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

Make It: Garland: To make a 12 ½-foot garland, cut one red, one blue, and one white bandana into four equal squares. Following the diagram, fold each square as shown, then iron the folds to crease them (A). Secure the two long folds with glue dots (B), then fold the remaining flap over a 12 ½-foot-long ribbon and secure the flap with more glue dots (C).

Placemat: For each place mat, use a paintbrush to apply a thin, 2-inch wide strip of tacky glue across the center of a plain cloth placemat. Press a white bandana into place on top, then attach the edges with more glue. Trim the excess around the edges. Measure and cut three 2-inch-wide strips of red bandana and glue them to the mat horizontally to serve as red stripes. Add a 6-inch square of blue bandana to the top left corner.

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