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10-08-2006, 12:59 PM
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Making paper lanterns is fun, and this one can be proudly hung in your room all year round. It is similar to the ones children carry in the St Martin's Day Parade (http://www.funsocialstudies.learningh aven.com/articles/stmartins.htm). You will need

Three sheets of lightweight letter size paper (the lighter the better).
Glue or tape.
Crayons, markers or paint
Needle and thread.
Two craft sticks, popsicle sticks or strips of card (optional).
Patience and nimble fingers

Step One: Coloring

Take the three sheets of A4 paper, and glue or tape them together lengthwise to make one long sheet.
Fold the paper in half lengthwise and color, the outside of the paper, on both sides.
You can put a picture, a pattern, or just a solid color.
The top of the picture will be along the fold.
It is best just to use a pattern or solid color the first time, until you understand just how it goes together.
Step Two: Folding

Fold the paper in concertina fashion, the same as for a paper fan
Fold about a half inch fold one way, then the next fold the other way.
Press well on every fold, to make sure it is well creased.
When you are done, this is how it should look:

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Step Three: The Tricky Bit!

You need to separate the two sides of the paper.
First, unfold the whole thing, just a little.
Next, refold each side separately.
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You should end up with one fold at the top, and two edges, making a v-shape.

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Step Four: Fixing

Take a needle and long thread, doubled.
Pass the needle through each fold of one edge.
Leave about 1 inch of thread hanging loosely and pass the needle back through the folds

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Tie off the thread, with about 1 inch slack at either end of the folds.
Repeat on the second edge.
Step Five: Opening the Lantern

Pull out the folded edges of the paper, it should unfold in a circle
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If your lantern seems to have a big hole in the center, you can fix it by tightening the slack in the threads.

Step Six: Hanging your Lantern

To hang the lantern you need to put some kind of a hook at the top.
I have found the best way to do it is to stick a popsicle stick on either side of the join, or a thin strip of card.
Punch a hole through both sticks.
Tie thread, string, or use a paper clip to make a hook.
St Martin's Lanterns should really be hung from a pole, but you can hang it anywhere.
Lighting your Lantern

It is very important to NEVER use a candle with a paper lantern.
You can light your candle by suspending a small flashlight in it, or getting an adult to help you rig up a battery with a bulb inside the lantern.
You can hang the flashlight or bulb from the sticks.

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will try later:ee:

10-08-2006, 01:19 PM
suha.. did u make.. or buy ur lantern? i remember we used to have different types.. animals... cartoon characters... many others :) they got musical ones now too... miss being a kid :(

this is the typical one

i had the same one as his when i was a kid ... used to play with my frens :)

glad u had fun suha :ee:

10-08-2006, 01:35 PM
me not maked :Ksp: i buy alll :ee: ya same musicla lights.i buy butterfly amulu kuti, for siv pangyov ku.......chiuyen,spiderman, fish,bunny,blah blah blsh.and so many clours candles....and mercury lights. which we can make flowers, bangles,chains so many things ;) :sm35:

that a lovely and colorfull night :sm05:

10-08-2006, 01:59 PM
very nice n good info-- i shall try ( FREE TIME ):sm05:
thanks suha papa.....
wow me 2 sanzdoll -- enjoyed ma memorable days:sm35:

10-09-2006, 01:18 AM
thanks suha... will try it when i get time.... (wonder when that'll be....:( )