We originally created a version of these classic 4th of July decorations for Inauguration Day 2009. To celebrate the day, the PS Design team had streaming video of the day’s events projected onto a wall, framed by curtains and hanging red, white and blue (lake, of course) paper rosettes. It really created a festive patriotic setting and we noted we’d have to remember the rosettes again in July. Well, here we are, halfway through summer (though not in Chicago) and ready to celebrate our country once again! Our take on the tissue paper rosettes you often see at Independence Day celebrations is SO easy. You’ll want to hang them from front porches, around backyards or patios, from tree branches or on the backs of chairs – wherever you choose to celebrate, they’re the perfect decorative spark!
1. Using a cutting knife and ruler, cut two 1 ¾” x 8 ½” strips of eco-white text weight paper and two 1 ¾” x 8 ½” strips of red text weight paper.
2. Adhere red and eco-white strips to sheet of 8 ½” x 11” take text weight paper with double-sided tape, as illustrated in the sketch to the right. Repeat steps preparing two more 8 ½” x 11” sheets.
(Hint: view the Paper Rosettes pdf to help illustrate the following additional steps.)
3. Using bone folder, accordion fold the three sheets of 8 ½” x 11” lengthwise at ¾” intervals.
4. Fold the length of the accordions and begin adhering the pieces together using Super Tacky Tape.
5. Repeat for all three accordions, forming a rosette circle.
6. Using knife, create a small hole at the top of the rosette and thread with ribbon to hang.
P.S. Check out our how-to on paper pinwheels for another fun 4th of July project – they make great centerpieces when clustered in Mason Jars on your picnic table!