When George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to create the first American flag in the spring of 1776, his design featured a six-pointed star. He thought cutting equal sides in a six-pointed star would be easier than a five pointed star.
However, Betsy knew better. She astounded him with her demonstration of how easy it was to cut equal-sided five-point stars from fabric with just a few folds and a scissor snip.
Here's a tutorial to cut your own 5-pointed star, just like Betsy!
The directions call for practice on an 8x10 sheet of paper, but you can make any size star, following those dimensions, larger or smaller.
Follow these step-by-step directions from Pageant Wagon Publishing and plan a star-spangled celebration for Independence Day, other patriotic holidays, Christmas celebrations, or planetarium studies.
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