Make a Rice Paper Lantern
Lanterns have been used in Japan and China for hundreds of years—during religious ceremonies, to advertise for businesses, and to light up the home. Many people hang their lanterns outside their doorways from the roof for luck, or carry lanterns in festivals and parades to celebrate. Here's an activity that can bring the warmth and light of these lanterns into your home.
Paper lanterns make beautiful decorations and are a summer art project your child can easily make and enjoy. Your child will love choosing the right paper, stringing the lantern together, then hanging it for all to see. It's also a great experience in teaching her how to carefully measure, cut, and assemble something hand-made.
What You Need:
- Art paper or rice paper (Note: If you plan to light the lantern from within, a light-colored paper is best to allow more light through.)
- Sturdy cardboard or heavy duty card stock
- Hole punch or a thick, sharp sewing needle
- Utility knife
- Crochet or embroidery thread or thin yarn
- Optional: Small beads
- Optional: Light bulb on a long cord, found in any hardware store