One of my lovely readers wrote me and asked how I made the America Garlands - so here are all the details for anyone who wants to make one!
Trace a cookie cutter or other star shape on alternating red, white and blue cardstock. Cut out stars. Make two smaller stars for the ends out of same paper and cut out.
I used a metallic pen to decorate each letter - the small stars do not have a letter on them. Just the big ones - put one letter on each star and then decorate the border as desired:
Cut a piece of twine to the desired length and hot glue a loop on each end to hang the garland by. Glue the small star over the ends of the loop to hide the cut end. Then, evenly space the other stars to spell A-M-E-R-I-C-A and glue them on to the twine. Hang and enjoy!
When I had my first guest room as a single girl, I made a "canopy" out of sheer fabric and lots and lots of these stars made into garlands. I used a star hole punch to create a hole in the top of each star and then tied them on to lengths of twine, they are now hanging over our windows in our family room: