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Paper Lanterns for Diwali

Arts and Crafts
What You Need:
  • Scrapbook or colourful papers
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Decorative gems and sparkle pens
  • Buttons (2 per lantern)
  • Thin beading cord or decorative thread
  • Ask an adult to help you cut the colourful sheet into a rectangle measuring 24 inches in width and 8.5 inches in length.
  • Set the rectangular sheet down. With the colourful part facing downwards, fold the top down half an inch and use the ruler to smooth the crease. Then fold the top a second time, another half-inch, to create a paper "hem." Do the same with the bottom edge of the paper.
  • Next, fold the left side over half an inch as in step 2. Do not fold it a second time.
  • Fold the paper sideways so that the right edge just meets the fold you made in step 3. Press this new fold to create a sharp crease.
  • Unfold the paper and refold it, this time bringing the left edge to the crease you made in step 4.
  • Fold the left side of the paper towards the crease, as you did the right side. You should end up with 4 equal-sized lantern panels.
  • Now form the lantern box by tucking the half-inch fold on the far left panel between the top and bottom hems of the far right panel, as shown. Use glue to secure the connections in the corners.
  • Use some nice sparkle tubes to stick beads on your lantern and make it look even prettier. Tie a button to each end of an 8-inch-long beading cord or decorative thread. Use glue dots to attach the buttons to opposite sides of the lantern top.
  • Your Diwali lantern is ready! Hang your lantern in front of a window to catch the light or string them together for a wall-to-wall garland.
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