Creative Craft-Festive Lanterns

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Leslie Ann Daniels

The sunlight fast is dwindling.
My little lamp needs kindling.
Its beam shines far in darkest night,
Dear lantern guard me with your light.
Song written by Margaret Meyerkort
The season of winter is a time of contraction. As the days grow shorter, we find ourselves inside more. It’s a perfect time for expressing our festive, artistic side. Making lanterns that shine from within and bring a warm glow to your home can help you and your children ready yourselves for the cold days and nights of winter.
You will need:
-heavy water color paper (9″X12″ or 12″X16″)
-watercolor paints and paintbrushes
-tacky glue, white glue, or glue sticks
-paper fasteners
-warming candles, votive candles, or tea lights (the ones in metal containers)
-tissue paper
What to do:
1. Paint the paper. (Dark colors work best, such as ultramarine or cobalt blue.) Encourage your children to fill the entire paper with color.
2. After the paper dries, make a fold all the way across the length of the paper, approximately three inches up from the bottom.
3. Cut a fringe of three-inch wide segments all along the bottom folded section.
4. Cut several small shapes out of the top portion of the lantern. These are the “windows” that the light shines through. (Star and moon shapes are always fun!) Small pieces of colored tissue paper glued over the inside of the windows create a beautiful effect.
5. Form the lantern paper into a cylinder, gluing it from the top to the bottom. Fold the fringed edges in and overlap them to make the lantern’s bottom. Put small dabs of glue between the fringes to hold them together.
6. Add a fairly long handle (12-15 inches) 1/2 inch wide and attach to each side of the lantern with paper fasteners.
7. Use candles that come in individual metal cups. A dab of glue placed in the bottom of the lanterns holds the candle in place.
Important Note: These lanterns should be used only under close adult supervision.