Last weekend, I was able to spend some time crafting with two of our granddaughters. Like I've said before, crafting is in their blood. 🙂
We decided to make some Halloween Lanterns. Some of you may remember making these same lanterns back in your hana bata days. It certainly brought back memories of when I was a kid, and even Shannon (my oldest daughter) commented that she remembered making those when she was little!
It all started with folding a sheet of paper in half lengthwise.
Then, you cut off one end of the folded paper. Set this aside, as it will later be used as the handle for your lantern.
With a pencil or crayon, mark the paper on the side without the fold about an inch in. This will serve as a guide when it's time to cut. From the folded side of the paper, have your child cut up until they reach the mark in the paper. This will leave you with a border of an inch for when you are assembling the lantern.
Now it's time for your little one to put his or her creativity hat on to decorate and embellish their lantern. You can either have them draw or color a design on it, or you can put glitter, stickers or just about anything you want to decorate it. Don't forget to decorate your handle that you set aside as well!
After the lantern has been decorated, it's time to "assemble" the lantern. Simply unfold the paper, bring the two solid pieces together, and tape it to secure it. Take your handle piece and tape that on the inside of the lantern. Voila!
We decided to hang the lanterns that the girls did next to the Happy Halloween "banner" that Kira and her mommy made last week! So festive huh!!! 🙂
Take time to nurture those creative minds of our keiki. Turn off the tv, take away the Nintendo DS for a bit, log off of the computer...spend some quality time together making memories. You'll be glad you did!