Add the handlesPaper Lanterns

Quick, easy, and colorful!  These latterns are easy enough for young children, and pretty enough for older children.  Make a bunch and use them to decorate a room or a patio.

You will need:
1. Colored paper (Construction paper works well.) 

2.  Scissors

3.  Tape, glue, or staples

4.  Ruler (If you want to be precise.)

Cut a strip of paper for the handleStep 1.  From the long end of your paper, cut a strip of paper about 1 inch wide.  You will use this to make the handle on the lattern.

 

 

 

Fold the paper lengthwiseStep 2.  Fold the large piece of paper in half lengthwise.

 

 

 

Make a cutStep 3.  Starting on the folded side, make a cut about 1 inch wide up the paper.  Leave about 1 inch uncut at the top.

 

 

 

Make cuts all along the paperStep 4.  Continue making cuts until the entire length of paper is cut.  It you have piece that sticks out at the end, trim it off.

 

 

 

Fasten the ends together to form a circleStep 5.   Open the paper.  Fold the short ends around, forming a circle.  Tape, staple, or glue the ends together.  Glue doesn't show, but tape will be the easiest to use.

 

 

 

Step 6Add the handles.    Fasten on the handle.

 

 

 

 

To "light" your lantern, set or hang a small party light inside, and enjoy the warm glow!

Crafts

Handprint critters are a perfect way to decorate cards or pictures for Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa. They make cute personalized classroom decorations, too.

Use handprints to make this Halloween placemat set. The placemats are fun to make and will become keepsakes as your children grow.

These bird's nests are easy enough to do with small children and everyone will enjoy eating them! They are also cute for Easter.