How to make hanging paper lanterns

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Hanging paper lanterns are the perfect outdoor decoration. Hang them around the patio or between columns to brighten the occasion. Not only are lanterns an easy party decoration, but they are a fun, creative kid's craft, too. Use lantern decorating as a party craft and let the kids add their own touch of creative genius with candy and popcorn decorations.

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Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Paint
  • Markers
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Candy
  • Popcorn

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  1. 1

    Decorate a piece of construction paper. Draw favourite pictures or shapes and add colour. More colourful lanterns catch the eye. If the occasion is formal, simple artwork may be more appropriate. Save the glitter for less formal occasions, like children's parties. Children can draw all over their paper. Save the buttons, candy or popcorn for Step 4.

  2. 2

    Fold the paper in half, widthways. In kids' terms, this is called a hamburger fold rather than a hot dog fold. The end result mimics a hamburger bun. Cut slits in the paper from the fold stopping about 1 1/2 inches from the end. The slits should be 1/2 inch apart. Open the paper. Wrap the paper into a cylinder, hot dog-style, or lengthwise.

  3. 3

    Glue the end strips together. Let the paper dry.

  4. 4

    Glue any extra decorative items on. Attach candy and popcorn to the top and bottom. Add glitter, ribbons and all last-minute touches. Hang the lanterns individually, or string them together on a long piece of yarn. Tie the yarn between two poles or attach it to a wall with tape.

Tips and warnings

  • Use lightweight decorations.
  • Keeping the spacing even between decorative pieces creates symmetry.
  • Hang the lanterns in a dry area, away from rain or sprinklers.

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