A Flag for Our Country | One Snip Stars Project

A Flag for Our Country | One Snip Stars Project

We are studying American History this year. We are in the midst of the American Revolution Stories at the moment. This week we read about Betsy Ross and the First American Flag, A Flag for our Country by Eve Spencer.

The legend goes that George Washington came to Betsy with a drawing of a flag for her to sew. He suggested a flag with 6 pointed stars thinking that making perfectly even 5 pointed stars would be too difficult. Betsy showed him that with a few quick folds and a single snip of the scissors that a perfect 5 pointed star was easy to make. After a quick demonstration she was given the job to create the first American flag.

Of course we had to try it!

You can start with a plain ol’ piece of 8.5″ x 11″ paper.

Fold it in half so it measures 8.5″ x 5.5″.

Fold it in half again so that it is 4.25″ x 5.5″.

Unfold the second fold. Fold it in half now the other way so that it is 8.5″ x 2.5″.

Unfold that fold. You should have a folded piece of paper that is 8.5″ x 5.5″ and that now has horizontal and vertical crease marks. (I added pencil lines to the creases to make them easier to see).

Align your paper so that the fold is on the top. Fold the left top corner down so that it fold with a sharp point on the top of the vertical crease down to the horizontal crease on the right side. You should have created an oblique crease on the left side.

Leaving the left side crease in place, fold that same corner back onto itself, lining up with that left side oblique crease, keeping a sharp point at the top. My kids say that this step looks like you are making a paper airplane.

Keeping a nice point at the top, now fold the right side over so that it folds over top of the current paper airplane shape.

Fold this piece back on itself so that you have that paper airplane shape again… or basically a pie shape with a sharp point on top.

Starting where the bottom corner of the top most piece is open, make one snip up on a diagonal about 2″ down from the top point. I drew a line to help you see the cut mark.

“Then she took just ONE SNIP with her scissors and unfolded the paper. Betsy had done an amazing thing. She had cut a perfect five-pointed star!”

Keeping the top point portion, unfold and you should have a perfect 5 pointed flag shaped star!

After cutting out several stars, the kids took it one step further and added snowflake like details. Have fun!

Michelle ~ Wee Folk Art

7 Comments

  1. Too funny. We are studying the Revolutionary War right now, too. We were talking about Betsy Ross and the first flag. We are so going to try this later. Was the book good? Worth a buy (would we reread it) or should I get it from the library?

    1. It is a cute story…. geared for younger elementary but if your library has it a single read would be fine. Not sure my kids would pick it up again on their own.

      1. Thanks, Michelle. We’ve purchased many of the books you have recommended in your seasonal curriculum guides and have loved each and every one! I just wasn’t sure if this book would be engaging enough to be re-read. I just ordered it up at our library. Thanks again

  2. What a great share! I just tried it. I have my perfect 5-point star!

  3. I am artistically inept, yet I love to do crafts with my kids and making perfect stars has eluded me till now. I can’t wait to show my kids how to do this. Your site is great – thanks for taking tbe time to share!

  4. What a fun project! I had to grab a piece of paper and give it a go.

    I’m thinking if you cut at 1.5 inches instead of two, it might get rid of the fold on two of the points. I could see a number of practical uses for this too – quilt patterns immediately come to mind of course. 😀

    BTW, you made a little boo-boo. Folding a 11 inch paper in half yields 5.5 inches.

    1. Thanks for the catch… yep it should be 5.5".

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