Red, White and Blue Star Shaker Tags

Star Shaker Tags

I love making cards and tags that move and shake.

Generally, making Shaker Tags are fun and easy to make.

But I sometimes tend to make things harder than they need to be?

That was the case with the Star-shaped Shaker Tag.

After working on it and getting frustrated because the vision I had wasn’t quite working out,

I set it aside and went for a simpler version.

As you can see, I did finish the Star Tag and like how both of them turned out.

How to Make a Star Shaker Tag for the 4th of July

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  • Cut two tags using the Nested Tag Die Set.  The larger out of red cardstock and the smaller out of red, white, and blue floral print.

  • Adhere the tags together using the tape runner.
  • Die-cut both layers with the star die. Once happy with the placement, put a small piece of removable painters tape* over the star to keep it from moving when it is die-cut.
  • Lay banner die onto the tag to help figure the correct placement for the star hole.
  • Place the tag and die onto the Crossover II Die-Cutting System*
  • .Place clear acrylic protective plate over the dies and crank the handle to run the die through the machine.

  • Cut a small piece of acetate to fit over the star opening.  The acetate comes with a protective liner on both sides.  You will need to remove both sides before adhering it to the tag.

  • Pick out Red and Blue Shaker Sprinkles, from the Rainbow Sprinkles, to use for the inside of the shaker tag.

  1. On the back of the die-cut tag, place tear it tape adhesive around the opening of the star.
  2. Remove protective liner off the tape.  Place acetate over the star opening.
  3. Cut a second red tag.  Place strips of adhesive craft foam around the star to make a well around the star.  Add additional strips around the bottom and top.
  4. Add red and blue sprinkles in the well around the star.  Remove protective liner off the back of the foam strips and adhere to the second red tag.

  • Center two star together, place a piece of removable painters tape* on the dies to keep them from moving.  (The smaller star is the same size as star opening.)  Run the dies through the Crossover II die-cutting machine to create a star frame.

  • Adhere star frame over the star opening.
  • Cut a banner out of plaid paper.
  • Stamp “Celebrate with a bang!” (from the Home for the Holidays stamp set)  Trim down to fit onto the plaid banner.
  • Glue pleated ribbon around the bottom and top of the tag.
  • Punch hole in the top of the tag.  The Crop-A-Dile Punch* easily goes through all the layers.
  • Tie twine together and loop through the hole.
  • Glue small star and flag embellishments onto the tag.

Close up of the Star Shaker Tag

  • I used the largest of the Nested Star Die for the outline of the star.
  • What made the process a little more difficult for me was that I also cut a foam star the same size.  I had problems getting the foam star to line up and had to set it aside momentarily.
  • A small star cut out of foam and scrapbook paper was used as the dangler on the tag.
  • I cut several banners to use on the front of the tag.
  • You can find the small banner instructions here.

Here’s another tag that I made for The Maker’s Movement using the Nested Star Dies. 



How to make a Patriotic Red, White and Blue Etched Wine Bottle

Celebrate the holidays with a Red, White and Blue Etched Wine Bottle.

I’m getting ready for a Americana Crafternoon this week-end with a fun group of ladies

and thought I’d make up a few decorations.  As luck would have it, I just happened to

have an empty blue wine bottle.   I thought to myself, that would make a perfect vase.

I added red flowers to a 50 cent Garage Sale-Flag Basket and now I have a festive display.

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To make the Red, White and Blue Etched Wine Bottle I used…             (*amazon affiliate links)


  1.  Clean and remove the label off a blue glass wine bottle with warm soapy water.  (Dry)


2.  Mask off a 2 ½ to 3 inch section on the center of the wine bottle with blue painter’s tape.  Burnish the edges of the tape with your fingertip, the tape should lay flat against the bottle.

3.  Punch stars out of the etchall etchmask* Remove backing from the stars and stick randomly on the bottle.  Burnish the stars with your fingertips onto the bottle.

4.  Apply a heavy coat of etchall Etching Crème*   onto the bottle using the squeegee.

5.  Let crème sit for 15 minutes.  (You will need to keep an eye on the bottle to make sure etching crème doesn’t run past the blue painter’s tape.)  Scrape excess etching crème from the bottle and return the extra etching crème back into the bottle. It’s reusable.

6.  Rinse bottle with warm water to clean.  Remember to keep crème away from porcelain or ceramic tiles.  Remove tape and stars and dry.  The bottle will have a nice subtle etching.

7.  While I liked the subtle look… I decided I wanted something a little bit brighter for my patriotic bottle.   I dried brushed white acrylic paint over the etched surface.  Wipe off excess paint with a damp cloth for a white washed look.  The paint only sticks to the etched surface.  (How cool it that.)  It really makes the stars pop.

8.  Re-mask the bottle with the blue painter’s tape, this time covering the etched surface.  Paint the bottom of the bottle with the colonial red spray paint.

10.  Mask a small section on the top of the bottle and spray with gold spray paint.

11.  Cut a small black vinyl rectangle and round two of the corners with the corner punch.

12.  Stencil the word “welcome” from the family words stencil onto the black vinyl using a stencil brush and the multi-surface acrylic paint.

13.  Use the gold paint pen to add a thin border around the black vinyl tag.  Punch a small hole on the top of the tag and tie onto the neck of the bottle with ribbon.

Enjoy the party with friends.  (maybe even empty another blue wine bottle)


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How to make a 4th of July Centerpiece with Fireworks, Flags, Banners and Pinwheels

What do you think about when you hear the words “4th of July”?

For me it’s… White picket fences, fireworks and the good old red white and blue. 

Or a 4th of July Celebration Centerpiece with Fireworks, Flags, Banners and Pinwheels all

rolled into one.   I created this 4th of July centerpiece a couple years ago, since it’s one

of my favorite projects, I thought I’d share it again.   Enjoy!

How to make a 4th of July Centerpiece…

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  1.  Paint the round disc with Navy Blue paint.

2.  Cut two 1” x 12” strips of the red striped paper and one 1” x 2” piece. Adhere to the side of the disc with double stick tape roller.

3.  Die-cut 7 fence sections.

4.  Paint 15 round toothpicks white. (set four aside to use later.)

5.  Cut 11 toothpicks in half. Glue one toothpick half on each end and middle of the fence with the pointed end facing down.

6.  Insert fence sections onto the top edge of the disc.

7.  Paint the 4” cube red.

8.  Cut five 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” pieces of Navy & Ivory dot paper. Adhere to the sides and top of the cube. Glue cube to center of the disc.

9. Paint two bamboo skewers white. Cut skewers to 5”.

10.  Glue small blue beads to top of each skewer.

11.  Create small ½” flags from scraps of paper and cardstock. Adhere onto a 12” piece of blue and white twine.  Tie ends of the twine to top of the skewers to make a flag banner. Insert into disc.

12.  To create Bottle Rockets:  Paint two bamboo skewers red.  Cut two pieces of red striped paper 1 3/4” x two. Wrap around pencil to curve paper. Remove pencil and roll tightly to form a small tube. Wrap a 1/2” strip of navy dot paper around tube.  Glue a small piece of twine inside of tube to create the bottle rocket wick. Glue tube onto red bamboo skewer and insert into disc. Create second bottle rocket for other side of the disc.

13.  Punch two 3” Navy and Ivory Dots scalloped circles.

14.  Cut two strips of red card-stock: 1 1/4”” x 12” and 2 1/4” x 6 1/2” . Adhere the two strips together to form one long 2 1/4” x 18” strip of red card-stock.

15.  Using scoring board and scoring tool. Score card-stock every 1/4” down the entire length. Fold strip accordion fold. Glue ends together with a strong adhesive to form a cylinder.

16.  On a flat surface, gather the bottom of the cylinder tight while spreading and pushing down on the top to create the Rosette.

17.  With a strong adhesive, attach one of the scalloped circles to the center of the Rosette. Hold into place until the adhesive starts to hold.

18.  Turn the Rosette over and attach the second scalloped circle onto the other side of the rosette.

19.  Create a second smaller rosette using a 1” x 12” strip of red striped paper. Score strip every 1/4”.  (repeat steps 16 and 17)

20.  Glue blue button into center of the rosette to hold in place. Glue onto center of the scalloped circle. Add star sticker to center of button.

21.  Paint a bamboo skewer with Navy paint. Cut into a 5” piece. Insert into back of finished Rosette.

22.  Insert finished Rosette into top of the 4″ cube.

23.  Create small pinwheels by adhering two pieces of 1” x 1” paper together.  On each corner, cut diagonally two-thirds of way to square’s center, dividing each corner into two points. Bring every other point to center so that the points overlap. Glue into place.

24.  Glue small red button to center of each pinwheel.  Glue onto white painted toothpick and insert into base.

25.  Create and print computer generated “CELEBRATE” and “4th of July” onto white card-stock.  Cut and layer to size and adhere onto picks and skewers and insert onto centerpiece.

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