There are some crafts that were such a part of my childhood making stuff, that they are often overlooked in the search for that cool craft to create with our children. And of course, just because I think it was a common craft, it does not mean that everyone knows how to do it!
So just in case you have forgotten about this one, or if you have never done – it is paper lantern time!
All you need is some colored or patterned paper, some scissors and glue.
These lanterns can be made any size so just use what paper you have. This lantern uses scrapbook paper, but you could use paper decorated in a previous crafty, arty session.
Fold your sheet of paper in half. It doesn’t matter if you fold length-ways or width-ways as your lantern will still work but it will affect the shape.
Make a fold a couple of finger widths down from the unfolded edge on both sides. Unfold. This is the line you cut up to.
Cut through the folded edge up to the fold-line. Make each cut about the same width.
Open out and keeping the narrow strip that is not cut at the top and bottom, make it into a tube and glue in place.
Use another strip of paper to make a hanging loop and glue in place on each side of the top.