Patriotic USA Origami
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
Origami lucky Stars are made with a long strip of paper. They are colorful, whimsical, and best of all, easy to make. Lucky Stars can be converted into patriotic jewelry; be strung up as streamers, or layered in decorative glass jars. You can even super-size them; how American is that?
These home made stars can be strung together for streamers. Or they can be stacked with a brass fastener.
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
In her book, The Guide to American Money Folds, Jodi Fukumoto folds two US dollar bills into the Statue of Liberty. In this book, you will also find instructions to fold a dollar bill eagle.
In honor of International Day of Peace (September 21, 2009), Keith Garner organizes origami cranes, swans, and flapping birds into the shape of an undulating flag of the United States of America. Such a beautiful display with approximately 1040 origami models: all folded by 5th graders!
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.