Pastel vellum, assorted colors
Hot glue gun and sticks
Cut 2-1/2”x4” rectangle from paper for each light bulb. Fold in half to measure 1-1/4”x4”. Cut evenly spaced slits, 1/4” to 1/2” apart, along folded edge, stopping 1/8” from open edge (Fig. 1).
Open rectangle. Use hot glue gun to glue short edges together, forming cylinder.
Cut small strip for handle. Adhere one handle end inside upper lantern edge. Position lantern over light bulb and adhere remaining handle in place.
1. Try ultra-thin metal sheets for more durable outdoor lanterns.
2. Seasonal options might include: alternating red and green lanterns; orange pumpkins with green handles and black triangle eyes; red, white, and blue lanterns with streaming ribbons. Get creative!
by Rebecca Ortinau