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Japanese Lanterns

Brighten a Winter's Day

While away a snow day creating a light and lovely lantern inspired by Japanese art. Just like snowflakes, no two lanterns are alike. Artists can elaborate, adding their own fancy designs.


What you need:

  • Sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper
  • Duct tape
  • Hole punch
  • 2-ft. length of cord or string
  • Scissors
  • Battery-powered tea light


What you do:

1. Fold paper in half, length-wise, hotdog style.
2. Make another fold along the top of your hotdog about an inch wide, then crease and unfold the top.
3. Starting about an inch from the side, cut a slit from the fold toward the opening of the paper. Stop when you reach the crease.4. Cut 8 to 12 more slits or strips about one inch wide.
5. Cut designs along the thicker strips.6. Unfold your paper. Notice the mirrored symmetry in the strips.
7. Cut a piece of duct tape the length of your paper. Tape along the top edge of the lantern, overlapping the inside and outside to give it a durable border.8. Repeat step 7 on the base of your lantern.
9. Bring the sides of your paper together and watch your lantern begin to take shape. Secure with tape.
10. Cut a piece of duct tape, a little longer than the diameter of the bottom of the lantern. Attach the tape across the bottom, sticky side up. Insert the battery-powered tea light and secure it to the sticky tape.
11. Punch two holes at the top, opposite from each other.
12. Thread the string through both holes and tie the ends together.
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