Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Crafting a lantern

Summer vacations
are a sure way to indulge in
lots of arts and crafts
with a school going nephew at home.

Out of all the projects,
there was a paper lantern craft
that I enjoyed the most.

We took a white chart paper
and decorated it.
We let my nephew do the cotton ball painting.

Then we folded the paper vertically
and made equal equidistant cuts along the fold
as shown.

The cuts should be long but not very close to the edge.
If need be, you can mark off the margins on either side.
Then you can cut within these margins.

The cuts having been made,
the next step is to apply the adhesive
 along the axis of the cuts,
right angles to the fold.
Then roll in this direction
and stick the two ends together.

The last step is to give the lantern a handle.
Use the same chart paper
and make a thin 2 layered strip
by folding and re-folding.
The strip was then stapled to the lantern.

 To give finishing touches,
we cut thin strips of solid green ribbon
and taped them with adhesive
equidistantly along the bottom periphery.
(I could not get a decent picture of that one.)

And, there! Your paper lantern is ready.
Do let me know in case you enjoyed crafting this.
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  1. So fun! I'm going to make some with my girls!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!
    P.S. Please don't forget to put my button or text-link somewhere on your site :)

    1. Yeah I guess I forgot the link this time. Will remember it in further link - ups. And I would really look forward to hear, how your lantern crafting turned out.
      Thank you.

  2. I've seen them before, and wondered how they were made...
    Thank you!

    1. I am glad this post helps :)
      Thank you for the appreciation Judy.


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