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Craft Corner- 4th of July Paper Lanterns

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Looking for some decorations to spruce up the house or the backyard when you have that outdoor party this weekend? Paper lanterns are an easy way to light up the yard, without spending a lot of money.


  • Red, white, blue card stock paper, construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape, stapler
  • Decorations

making-a-paper-lanternFold the card stock paper vertically in half, and cut multiple lines in the paper. Start at the fold of the paper, then cut a line until you reach about a half inch from the edge. Repeat this step, with each cut separated by about an inch.


paper-lanternsOnce you're finished cutting, unfold the paper and connect the two ends so it forms a tube shape. The parts that you cut should stick out and look like the picture above.

Stick in a light source inside the lantern, not a flammable candle. Or if you don't have a light source, attach a string to the top of the lantern and hang it up.

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