Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Easy Paper Lantern Craft

It's gloomy and rainy today, and I was in a crafty mood, so I quickly scoured the internet for a paper craft to do with the kiddos. I came across these paper lanterns (totally appropriate for Chinese New Year, lol, but still nice for Spring), and we whipped these up. The kids were way into this craft and made up about 9 or 10 lanterns in a 30 minute period or so. Once I ran out of paper, they started using scrap paper to make their own! Either this is a really great craft, or it's been too long since we've done something crafty together. You can visit here to find the full directions, or just look at my pics to get the gist of it:

Cut off a one inch (ish) strip from the top of the paper. Fold the paper in half and draw lines that go almost to the top:
Let the child cut the lines, cutting through two layers of paper at once:
Open the paper once it is cut and fold the ends together. You can also flip it "inside out" so that that pencil lines don't show on the outside. Staple the handle that you cut out earlier and staple the lantern closed:
Hang and enjoy: :)

1 comment:

Annette W. said...

I remember them from elem school...fun! Meghan might be able to do it in a few more months! Right now she wouldn't stop.

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