If your studying about Japanese culture, this Japanese Paper Lantern craft is a great activity to do with your kids and is much easier than it looks.
- a box cutter or sharp knife
- a pencil for marking
- two sets of disposable wooden chopsticks(4 sticks) or small dowel rods
- long Japanese Shoji paper, wax paper, or other long strip of white paper
- a tea light or candle
Base and top
- Cut two 6 inch/15 cm squares from cardboard.
- On one square, measure and cut out a smaller square about 1 /2 inches/4 cm in from the edge for the top hole. The hole should be about 3 1/4 inches or 8 1/2cm.
- Cut a long strip of white paper about 6 inches/15 cm wide and 20 inches/50 cm long
- Roughly mark the paper into 4 1/2 inch/12 cm panels. There will be 4 panels to the lantern. remember to leave a little extra on the ends.
- Use crayons to draw a design on each panel. Choose whatever theme you wish.
- On the cardboard base and top, mark 4 holes, 1 inch/3cm from each corner.
- Use a sharp pencil to start the holes.
- Break apart the chopsticks. There will be a skinny end and slightly fatter end.
- Push the thin end of each chopstick through the base piece al the way till just before the bottom.
- Push the top piece with the large hole on the top to make the frame.
- Wrap the decorated paper around the chopstick frame and glue the ends together.
- Alternatively, you could wrap and glue the paper first, remove the paper loop, decorate and put it back on.
- Put a small candle inside and light your lantern.
You can use the Recycled cooking oil candle idea, too.