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.