Professionally, I'm in the throes of Christmas. I should be used to it by now, but it always takes me a little while to settle into a winter mode when it's ninety degrees outside. So I decided to rebel a bit over the weekend and do something I never do in the correct season - create a project for 4th of July (it was also a good excuse to try out a recipe for a summer version of red velvet cake, which I'll share with you tomorrow).
Ironically, with a change in paper, this cake topper would work just as well on a Christmas cake. But for Independence Day, grab some patterned papers in the requisite colors and craft a few 3-dimensional stars for an easy, festive look. Here's how:
Star template (See below in Resources)
Plain cardstock in red, white, and blue
Patterned paper or cardstock in red, white, and blue
Scoring board and bone folder
Craft glue (I use Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive)
1. Print star template on cardstock and cut out; trace around the template onto the back sides of the patterned papers; cut them out.
2. Using the scoring board and bone folder, score the back side of the patterned papers (see the diagram below).
3. Fold along the scored lines. All lines marked "A" are folds that will protrude outward and all lines marked "B" will be folded in.
4. Once you've made your folded star shapes, apply glue along the edges of the stars and glue them onto plain cardstock. Once the glue has set, cut around the edge to form a border. (Note: I find this easier than trying to glue the folded stars onto plain star cutouts, but it's another option if that works better for you.)
5. Glue a skewer to the back side of the star; let dry. Once it's dry, you can glue another folded star cutout over the skewer to make it fully 3-dimensional or leave as is.
Scoring board and bone folder from Martha Stewart Crafts