Ready to decorate for the 4th of July?  This garland with the words from “America the Beautiful” helps children to learn about the U.S. while using their creativity to illustrate the lyrics.

O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

You can find our printable for the “America the Beautiful” Star Garland on Etsy, or you can use the idea to create your own – keep reading for instructions below.  The garland is part of our 4th of July Party Bundle on Etsy.  The 4th of July Party Bundle includes the garland, cupcake, toppers, as well as a trivia quiz and scavenger hunt, all based on “America the Beautiful.”

“America the Beautiful” 4th of July Party Bundle – on Etsy

4th of July star banner

Star Banner

4th of July Cupcake toppers America the beautiful

Cupcake Toppers

4th of July games America the Beautiful

Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Games

We found it helpful to learn a little about the song before doing the garland project.  While the chilren made their illustrations on the stars, we listened to “America the Beautiful” too!  A fun way to squeeze a little “school” into the summer… shhh!

To inspire your drawings of the lyrics to the song, you could pull out photo albums from family trips, or check out some of the books and videos below that show depictions of the lyrics.  Simply click on the book images to find them on Amazon.

Let’s make a garland!

4th of july banner garland

Print and Cut Stars

Print the stars on white cardstock, then carefully cut them out.  (You can find the garland printable on Etsy.)

4th of july banner garland

Decorate the Stars

Use colored pencils, markers, or crayons to decorate the blank stars to illustrate the words of the song.

Punch holes and string onto ribbon

Punch a hole on the top left point and the top right point of each star.  Cut about 10 ft. of ribbon (1/8” or 1/4” width works well).  String the stars onto the ribbon.  For each star, push the ribbon from the front into the left hole of the star, pull it along the back, and then pull it through the right hole to the front again.   Alternate stars with lyrics and blank stars (or stars with your images).  Or for a shorter banner, just use the stars with lyrics.

Decorate your home or yard.  Some variations include using skewer sticks to decorate your garden or walkway, or using only the lyric stars for a shorter garland.  Weather permitting, the garland could be hung outside for the day.

If you are looking for other 4th of July party supplies, we also have “America the Beautiful” themed cupcake toppers and games.  You can find our 4th of July “America the Beautiful” Party Bundle  in our Etsy shop.

Looking for a delicious AND nourishing gluten-free cupcake recipe?  Try our gluten-free almond flour cupcakes!

4th of July Cupcake toppers America the beautiful

Happy 4th of July!

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