Monday, December 12, 2011
Day 12: Paper Lanterns
Materials you'll need:
8x8 sheet of cardstock
1x8 strip of cardstock
double sided tape
These lanterns have been a popular craft for a long time with children and I was reintroduced to them when I read a great book called Christmas Crafting with Kids (available at the Paper Zone). So I gathered up some supplies, my beautiful niece Dyanna, and my wonderful nephew Cody to make some!
Cut from any cardstock that you want one 8x8 inch square (for the base) and a 1x8 inch strip (for the handle). Set the strip off to the side.
Fold the square in half.
Using a ruler, mark every one inch on the folded edge that you just made. Draw lines going straight up from where you marked to roughly 1 1/2 inches from the top.
Cut the lines, being sure not to cut all the way through to the top.
Using double sided tape, glue one of the newly formed slats on top of another, turning it into a tube.
Gently push on the top of the tube to push out the slats. This was Cody's favorite part as they are quite springy!
Tape the handle inside the top of the tube.
Decorate using a strip of rhinestones (or you can use something like ribbon, sequins, etc.)
These easy, kid-friendly decorations are beautiful and versatile. Try hanging them as a garland, put a tall hurricane vase with a candle inside, or they can just stand alone as is!
Have lots of fun with this craft and have a wonderful holiday season!
- Ally and the Salem Paper Zone family