Friday, July 13, 2012

Kid-Friendly Friday!

Today's kid-friendly Friday project is really simple. And it's not just for kids! These paper lanterns would look great as a centerpiece at a wedding, or lined up on a mantle, or really anywhere. And boy, are they simple to make. You probably already have what you need lying around the house.

Paper (any thickness will work)
Glue or tape
Paper trimmer, optional

Step One:
Cut your paper to desired size. (I cut a 12x12 down to 12x8.) Hot dog fold your paper in half. You should have a long rectangle.
Step Two:
Draw a line about 3/4 of an inch on the open edge. Make sure it is a really light line, because it may show on the outside of the finished lantern.

Step Three:
Cutting from the folded side to the pencil line, make fringe, about 1/2 inch apart.
Step Four:
Take the two short sides and fold them towards each other. Glue or tape the ends together on the top and bottom. Also glue or tape in the middle by the fold to make your lantern sturdier.

Step Five:
One way to get rid of the pencil line is to use a complimentary paper and make a band to go around it. The sizes of the papers for the lanterns below are: green- 12x8, short white- 4x11, medium white-4.5x11. I've also made these with large 19x12 construction paper, so really any size works. The one thing to remember is to not cut past the pencil line.

Thanks for stopping by!

Today's Party Trivia:
- In 1923, the Hollyood sign as officially dedicated. At first, it read Hollywoodland, but when it was renovated in 1949, they removed the 'land' part. (Who would guess it would be so darn hard to find?? If only other cities around didn't put up random letters...)
- In 1977, New York City suffered a 24-hour blackout that led to major looting and fires
- Today is "Embrace Your Geekiness Day"!!

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