More afternoon crafts session coming right up! There are some days that just seem to go really slow and dull. You’ve got a lot of free time but nothing to do with it and this can be the catalyst to a dreary, uneventful day. We can’t have that now so here’s one activity to out some glitter up your dull day, it’s time to create some lanterns!
By lanterns we don’t mean the ones you light up for a late night study (you couldn’t possibly make that in one afternoon), we referring to those creative little artworks made out of tissue papers and foam brush. It’s amazing what you can make out of these household items. Great way to recycle the used up items in the house.
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
Ages: Children of any age can make these with a little grown-up help. Children 8 and older can make them on their own.
Time: 20-30 minutes
- 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!
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