Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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Patriotic Lanterns--a Great 4th of July Kid's Craft!

The 4th of July is coming up and I wanted to do a patriotic craft with my kiddos to celebrate!  These adorable lanterns were the perfect fit!

They take very little preparation, and are *so* cute hanging up everywhere!  And while my preschoolers loved making them, my 8-year old had a blast with the project too!

So, here are the Simple Supplies for your own patriotic lanterns:

* construction paper
* glue
* scissors
* ruler and pencil
* stapler
* embellishments (glitter, stars, etc.)

And, the easy How To:

1. Gather your supplies and prepare any embellishments.  I actually thought we had star stickers, but discovered that my kiddos had used them for another project!  Luckily, I had seen this idea for making your own super-easy paper stars, and it only took a few minutes to put together a pile of them!

2.  Make the lantern!  First, fold a paper lengthwise (hot dog style) and mark a "stop line" about 1" from the not-folded edge of the paper:

Next, mark "cutting lines" about an inch apart going in the opposite direction:

Let your kiddos cut on the "cutting lines," reminding them to stop when they get to the "stopping line."

Unfold the paper:

And re-fold it to look like a lantern:

Staple it in place!

3.  Add the embellishments!  We used paper stars, colored paper strips, and glitter!

Ta da!  Super easy!  Your patriotic lantern is done!  Now you can hang it on a door, tree, or chandelier to decorate for the 4th of July!  

Have you been busy decorating?  What are your plans for this weekend?  I'd love to know!  And if you're still looking for more patriotic crafts and activities, check out our Patriotic Straw Rockets and my Patriotic Kids Pinterest board:

Follow Carla @ Preschol Powol Packets's board Patriotic Kids on Pinterest.

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