Patriotic USA Origami
This page is dedicated to patriotic USA origami ideas. The Red white and Blue theme can be shown during: Labor’s Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Memorial’s Day, 4th of July.
Some crafts are easy and suitable for young children while others are very challenging and suitable for expert origami artists.
Instructions for the origami stars shown above:
• 5-Pointed Star: uses a pentagonal sheet of paper instead of a square
• Nick Robinson’s Modular Star: uses 5 sheets of square paper
• Philip Shen’s Omega Star: is 3D and uses 6 sheets of square paper
• Money Star: made with five American dollar bills
These home made stars can be strung together for streamers. Or they can be stacked with a brass fastener.
• Make an American Flag toothpick
These toothpicks can be used on top of muffins during breakfast; to hold hamburgers together at lunch; to pick up cheese cubes during snacks; or to skewer olives in your evening martini!
• Make “lamb chop cuffs” for your drumsticks
Patriotic Stories: Betsy Ross and the 5-Pointed Star
Do you know who Betsy Ross is? Some people may know her as the lady who sewed the first official American flag. According to legend, in 1776, a small committee (which included George Washington) approached Betsy Ross and asked her to sew the first American flag. The proposed flag had 6-pointed stars but Betsy suggested that 5-pointed stars would look better. Her 5-pointed stars were made in the same manner as shown above.
The resulting flag that Betsy made had 13 stripes (alternate red & white), and 13 white stars (a circle formation) on a blue canton. This was the “Betsy Ross flag”.
However, most historians do not think this is a true story. The main reasoning is the lack of evidence: Besty’s records did not indicate any invoice or documentation of the historic event. Similarly, diaries, letters, and documents from George Washington and members of Congress did not mention the design of a new national flag in 1776.
The Betsy Ross legend was a romantic story designed to generate patriotism: an seamstress turned heroine. Some believe that Betsy Ross did sew early copies of the American flag (as did other seamstress and upholsters), but she did not sew the very first flag.
image from wikipedia.com