Step 1: From blue crepe paper, cut a strip 8 inches wide and 20 inches long.
Step 2: From a clean newspaper, cut a narrower strip of paper. Lay it down in the center of the blue strip, gluing in place. Repeat, cutting an even narrower strip of red crepe paper, then gluing in place.
Step 3: Fan-fold across the narrow width of the strip. Fold in half lengthwise.
Inspired by turn-of-the-century celebrations, these seven joyful tributes to red, white, and blue harken to a time when impromptu hats were folded from leftover newspapers, and marching bands, firecrackers, and lawn games marked the day.