These are so much fun for spring (which begins on Sunday)! Hang them in a sunny room or outdoors. It’s a special treat for kids to make something large and 3-dimensional that their parents will leave on display.
Colored tissue paper
Mod Podge (from any craft store – love this stuff) or white glue
Foam brush (or large regular brush)
Plain paper lanterns (at least 6-in diam.) from a party store or website like PaperLanternStore
Inspiration images or ideas from your imagination
Children of any age can make these with a little grown-up help. Children 8 and older can make them on their own.
Tear or cut the colored tissue paper and collage onto the paper lanterns using Mod Podge or slightly watered-down white glue. Create images or abstract patterns. Our lantern-makers tried a few different compositions: a bubbly underwater scene, an abstract collage with a gnome, and a flamboyant peacock inspired by a zoology illustration.
If you are using illuminated lanterns, add cut paper silhouettes to the interior for a dancing shadow show.
Hang and enjoy!
Have on hand for next Friday’s project:
A pair of scissors, 2 Priority Mail Tyvek envelopes (easy to pick up in the supplies area of any post office) and colored duct tape, which are all easy to find at any hardware store.
Curious Jane, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.