You can make these delightful Christmas Lantern decorations quickly and easily yourself or with the children. You could make them in any type of paper and decorate them as festively as you like! They would also make a great summer decoration for a garden party made in bright colours and strung in tree branches, across a patio or around a deck. They could also be a spooky Halloween decoration made from black or orange paper.
You can make two lanterns out of one A4-sized sheet of paper. You could use coloured paper, but it is much more fun to take white paper and decorate your own. If you use paints you can splodge the paint over the paper, the more abstract the better it looks! You could also colour in crayons, pencils or felt tip pens. Cover the whole of each sheet of paper that you wish to use.
Next cut the paper in half lengthways and cut a strip off the end and put it aside to make the handle. Fold in half again lengthways and make evenly spaced cuts in the paper along the folded edge to about 1cm or ½” form the edge, then unfold the paper.
If you want to decorate your lanterns with glitter, sequins or shiny stickers this would be the time to go for it!
Finally roll it into a cylinder. You can staple, glue or sticky tape it in place, and finally attach the handle to either side. The finished lanterns could be hung on a Christmas tree separately or stapled to a string to form a garland.
These are quick to make, fun and the children can be involved at whatever level is suited to their ability, whether they are just able to scribble with a crayon or are old enough to use the scissors safely.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.