Advanced Paper Lanterns: Farolitos

What You Need

  • Paper or brown bag
  • Sand
  • Tea candle and match or electric candle
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • X-acto knife
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Stencils (optional)

What You Do

  1. Cover your workspace with cardboard to prevent cutting tables or fabric.
  2. Set out a paper bag, pencil, scissors, and X-acto knife. Help your child use the knife with caution.
  3. Instruct your child to draw designs with pencil. Place cardboard inside the bag to avoid cutting the other side of the bag. Have her use the X-acto knife or hole punch to cut out the designs. Assist as needed, reminding her that large holes can make the bag less sturdy.
  4. Once the bag has been decorated, fill it with a couple inches of sand. Set the candle in the middle of the sand so that it doesn’t fall over. If you use a real candle, light it and remind your child to be careful around matches. Be careful not to let the flame burn the paper.
  5. Make as many as you wish, and place the bags on a table or sidewalk to light a path!

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