Memorial Day DIY – Remembrance Stars

Memorial Day

I wish there was something I could say, the right words that could encapsulate the importance of what fallen service men and women have given for the ideals this country’s people strive to represent in the world, but…in truth, all attempts seem to fall short of the mark. All acts seem too small. No fortune can make up for it.  And few sacrifices can ever match it.

So I want to really stop and think about what they gave up, what we gained by their sacrifice, and what that means for all people affected by the continuation of our freedoms. It makes the importance of Memorial Day so much clearer. To take time in remembrance of those that devoted their lives and relinquished them for the benefit of the lives of others is the very least we can do.

Let me just say: Thank you.

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The Project

I set out to make a project for Memorial Day that not only represented the country, but to really be able to personalize it to the individual who served. I cannot specifically claim to know anyone that has passed away during their service to the United States; I have been fortunate in that the service men and women in my family have returned home to us. So I did not personalize any of the items in this project for any fallen (Perhaps Veterans Day…). But I will include how you can personalize yours for today.

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Remembrance Stars DIY

To me, Memorial Day is about the individuals that sacrificed their lives. So their names mean a lot because they carry the weight of the significance of what was lost and gained by their service. I want you to make Remembrance Stars, where you can add their name and remember them every time you see it.

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Materials

DOUGH RECIPE:
2/3 c all-purpose flour
1/4 c cornstarch
1/2 c water
1/4 c salt
1/4 baking soda

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OTHER MATERIALS:
measuring cups
1 medium pot
1 mixing spoon and 1 spatula
1 rolling pin
1-2 cookie sheets
Clean flat surface (I used a large cutting board)
Star shaped cookie-cutters
Acrylic paint in chosen colors
Brushes
To add the name: option 1) letter stamps or a carving tool; or option 2) a permanent marker
(Optional) straw or thin stick to puncture hole
(Optional) Twine, yarn or string

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How-To

STARS:
1. Heat water in pot until almost boiling on medium heat.
2. Add salt and baking soda. Mix. (Expect the baking soda to sizzle a little.)
3. Add the cornstarch next. Mix thoroughly.
4. Gradually add most of your flour next. Remove pot from heat and begin to knead the dough on the flat surface.
5. Little by little, incorporate the remainder of the flour as you knead and roll the dough. Keep adding little bits of flour until your dough is no longer sticky.

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6. Start to preheat the oven to 250°F. With your rolling pin, flatten out your dough to about 1/4 inch thickness.

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7. Use cookie cutters to cut out your stars, then place the stars on your cookie sheet.

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8. Repeat steps 6-7 until you can’t make any more stars.
9. (Optional) Using a straw (or something else as thin), poke a hole through one of the star’s ‘legs’ so that you can use this to string up the stars later.
10. (Optional) One way to add the name of your service man or woman is to carve it into the dough while it is still soft. So use letter stamps or a tool to indent the dough to write in the name.

BAKE:
1. Preheat the oven when you’re rolling the dough and cutting the stars out. (250°F)
2. When you’re ready to bake, place your cookie sheet(s) in the oven.
3. About 1 hour in, flip the shapes over. After another hour, the stars should be done. If they are still soft in some spots, just leave them cooking a little longer until they harden OR let them harden on their own at room temperature.

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PAINT:
1. Paint the edges of the stars first, making sure to press enough paint to fill in the small gaps.
2. Next, paint one surface. Let it dry.
3. When it dries, turn the star over and paint the other side. Let it dry.
4. If needed, apply a second coat of paint.

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The Name

If you didn’t add the name as listed above in optional step 10, here at the end is where you add the name with the marker. Making sure the paint is dry, carefully letter in the name of your soldier.

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Decorate

Now that you have your Remembrance Stars finished, you can use it to decorate or keep it somewhere you’ll be sure to see it. If you made a hole in it, as per step 9 of making the dough, you can use the twine, yarn or string to hang the stars somewhere special.

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And You’re Done!

I hope you enjoyed this Memorial Day DIY. Be sure to leave me a comment below. You can also find me on the Family Craft Studio facebook, tumblr, instagram, or pinterest pages. I would love to see your finished crafts, so be sure to share pictures with me on facebook or by tagging #familycraftstudio on instagram. Happy crafting!

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