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Animal Paper Lanterns

Animal Paper Lanterns
Animal Paper Lanterns
Animal Paper Lanterns
Messiness: Medium
Age Range: 5y - 9y
Estimated Time: <1 hour

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Stephanie Sims
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St. Martin's Day is a fall feasting holiday celebrated in some parts of Europe. The kids and I were thoroughly charmed by some animal lanterns we saw for celebrating St. Martin's Day.... and knew that we could make fine ones of our own!

How We Did It

Animal Paper Lanterns

It was so fun deciding what animals we were going to make. We played around on scratch paper, thinking about all the possibilities.

Animal Paper Lanterns

Maddie decided to make a lion!

Animal Paper Lanterns

She wanted an oval for the body, a circle for the face, and a large circle for the mane. We made two ovals for the body (one for the backside) and two circles for the mane. Maddie wanted the face on one side only, so that's the way she did it.

Animal Paper Lanterns

She glued the pieces together, arranging them as she liked. Since we needed holes for the light to shine through from the lion's body, Madeleine drew in a few shapes. (She chose hearts, naturally.)

Animal Paper Lanterns
I cut the heart shapes from both pieces of the lion's body, then Maddie glued tissue paper over the backs.
Animal Paper Lanterns

Next, we needed to create a bucket/insert of sorts between the front and back pieces. This insert is to hold the front and back pieces together, as well as to create a shelf for the candle.

I folded a sheet of paper into thirds (each third was about 5" wide), and created foldable tabs along one side.

Animal Paper Lanterns

Then Maddie glued the (folded) tabs to the insides of her lantern.

Animal Paper Lanterns

Now to finish it up! She wanted folded legs, so she chose two different colors of paper that we'd blend together. She glued one strip over the other, going cross wise, back and forth.

Animal Paper Lanterns

She just kept bending the bottom paper over the top paper. This was one of Madeleine's favorite parts!

Animal Paper Lanterns

She glued the last "bend" to the one underneath it, to keep the folds together. Next Madeleine cut out claws ("Rawr!") and feet for her lion. She glued the legs to the bottom (the insert we had made)...

Animal Paper Lanterns

...then she made eyes, whiskers, and a tail.

Animal Paper Lanterns

Ta-da! Mighty, mighty lion!

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My child and I completed Animal Paper Lanterns.

posted by: Nicole on 3.22.2013

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posted by: Anne on 1.19.2013

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Very sweet and fun project for kids! Would work perfect even without lights inside -- alone, or they could make a super cute mobile! :) I have a question though -- I am not sure how to insert the electric light or how to make it stay put. In the US, people don't usually use one single electric light. The "more-is-more-is-best" here principle tends to be favored over the ancient and proven proverbial "less is more" practice. The more-is-more lighting is especially evident around Christmastime... if you have ever seen what many people do to their houses in suburban communities... Anyway, thank you for the fabulous craft! I am going to use it for my now-forming kids crafting group in NYC.

posted by: Jill on 12.24.2012

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