Good Monday morning to you all! Today we are going to make paper lanterns. You will need patterned paper (cut to 6 x 12 and folded in half), ruler, pen, scissors, stapler (or tape) and string. The boys and I made these for my son's birthday party. It was easy, quick, and really fun. They learned cutting skills and I learned patience :)
First I folded all the papers, then I measured one inch lines starting from the folded side. It is really important that you don't cut all the way through or you will just have strips of paper. I stopped my lines about 1/2 inch from the end. Then I gave the boys scissors and the papers and had them cut on the lines. Don't worry if they are not super straight (this coming from a perfectionistic Mama). Really, it will be fine ;)!
Once the papers are cut, open them up and then join the ends to make a tube. Staple together. Take another piece of cardstock or paper and cut into one inch strips. Take one strip and staple it to the lantern to make a handle.
She is cute right? I just want to eat her up!
We made a ton (well 18 actually) because I plan to hang them around the deck for his birthday party.
Have fun! I'll post pics of the party soon. As always I read and so much appreciate each and every comment. If you have a question please be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment so I can get back to you! Have a Marvelous Monday!