we had either rain or slushy freezing rain falling from the sky all weekend...
so... we wanted to make a little homemade sunshine.
bring about a little color!
do you remember making paper lanterns?
so simple... so easy... and so pretty!
i think we folded... and cut thirteen in all.
then the girls started punching and cutting out fun shapes to attach...
to make them even better.
i hate that i have allowed us to get so far away from crafts
since our house has been on the market.
my clean freak... what if someone calls... have to keep it show ready all the time...
mama mode tends to take over.
hearing lil bit say while cutting out a polka dot star...
"i loooooove crafting"
i have to say... made my heart hurt.
made me smile and laugh of course first but... then it made me feel awful!
ohhhhh.... the finding the balance of "house on the market" life once again!
SO glad we decided to make a paper and glue mess!
their smiles are way more important!
i thought it was awfully sweet that lil bit said they could go in campbell's room!
then they could sleep in there together under the string of lanterns.
once we strung then up...
and they were dancing there all in a row...
campbell said "that is sooooo cool" with a big 'ol grin!
gotta love that coming from the mouth of a nine year old.
i'll just add that the paper & glue...
nothing... compared to messes that occurred this weekend!
it was a cooped up wild time!
and just like it flew by... the weekend was a blink wasn't it?
here's to monday!
and here's to the start of something good!
the week ahead... i'm convinced... is loaded with it!
hopping back on to share more on the lanterns.
yes... they ARE fun to make.
and... super easy!
any size paper will do really.
as a matter of fact... plain white paper...
with your own drawings and designs on both sides works great!
then you can see pattern on the inside too!
if it's square... just fold in half...
if it's 8 by 10 or like... fold in half down the long side.
then... this is the "important" part...
ha... important as far as paper lanterns go i guess...
you're going to cut along the FOLDED side.
all along... that folded side.
approximately an inch or so...
in the strip thickness and stopping from the top.
does that makes sense?
just keep in mind...
when we made our last batch they were ALL different...
far from perfect AND all good!
when you're done cutting the folded length...
it will basically look like a mini grass skirt!
now all you have to do is roll it the opposite way of the fold.
you'll see... it will take that neat lantern shape.
we used double sided tape but... we've used a stapler before too.
just fasten/adhere both ends.
they now look like this!
did one 8 by 10 and one 12 by 12... so you could see the difference.
grab whatever scraps you have...
basically you just need a strip of some sort.
we used the double sided tape again to fix them to the lantern...
glue works great too!