I used blue painter's tape to tape off the top section of the posts that will be painted blue. Then, I did paint the top section blue.
I then removed the painter's tape and painted the bottom half white. I just free handed the bottom half, but you could use the painter's tape again to separate the white from getting on the blue.
Next, I used the painter's tape to evenly tape four vertical stripes down the post and around the bottom of the blue(after the white paint has dried). Then I painted on the red paint.
After the red paint dried, I removed all of the painter's tape and began to prepare the rope to attach for the "wicks." I used thick rope from the hardware section at Lowes. I had them cut me a 1 foot section and then I used garden sheers to cut 3, 4 inch pieces at home.
The next step was to nail a small nail into the top of each post and apply a glob of "Gorilla Glue" around each nail.
I then slid the rope over the nails and then propped the rope up against the wall until dry.
While those were drying I spray painted my small wooden stars white. You can find these at just about any craft store.
After the rope wicks had dried I did any touching up that was needed and waited for that to dry. Once everything was dry I then laid each post flat on the table and glued each wooden star in place.
After, those finished drying, then you are all set! Happy Fourth of July!