4th of July Windsock/Hanging Lantern Craft

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft

    Fourth of July Paper Luminary
    Hanging Patriotic Lanterns. Photo: Rita Shehan

    Make some pretty 4th of July hanging lanterns for your celebration. These lights go well with the 4th of July luminary table decorations. They are easy and quick to make using the free printable available for download and an oatmeal box! Who would have believed it was so cheap to produce. So make some 4th of July lanterns and add some ambiance to your holiday gathering. You will be glad you did when you receive all the compliments from your guests!

     

    Supplies Needed:

    • Download Lantern Printable
    • 11 x...MORE 17 Cardstock
    • Tacky Glue
    • Glue Stick
    • Xacto Knife
    • Ruler
    • 1/8 to 1/4-inch ribbon in the colors of red, white and blue
    • hole punch
    • Leftover oatmeal container
    • Cord or string to make a handle

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 1

    fourth of july printable
    Free Patriotic Printable. Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. Download and print the hanging lantern printable.
    2. If your printer is unable to print on 11 x 17 sized card stock, go to the nearest quick printer and have them print it for you. The cost is usually minimal.

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 2

    patriotic luminary craft
    Patriotic Printable Glue Margin Edge. Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. Trim the top, right side and bottom margins with a ruler and craft knife.
    2. Do not trim the left margin. There should be an approximately 1/2-inch area  of white space.
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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 3

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    Cut the stars from printable. Photo: Rita Shehan

    Cut out the stars using a Xacto knife and ruler.

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 4

    Oatmeal Box
    Photo: Rita Shehan

    The center of the luminary is a recycled oatmeal box. The cereal box fits the patriotic printable perfectly and makes the luminary sturdy enough to hold large candles.

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 5

    Trimmed oatmeal box
    Oatmeal box measurements. Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. Trim the oatmeal box with an X-Acto knife so that it is 6 and 1/2 inches tall.
    2. Apply tacky glue to the entire outside area of the cut oatmeal box.

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 6

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    Patriotic Lumnary. Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. Wrap the cut luminary template around the oatmeal box and apply gentle pressure with your hand to help the template adhere to the oatmeal box.
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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 7

    4th of July luminary/lantern
    Leave a .5 inch overhang on bottom. Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. *Important* Leave a 1/2-inch paper overhang on the bottom portion of the glued template.
    2. Punch holes evenly along the bottom edge.
    3. Attach the ribbon streams as in the photo above.
    4. Make sure to apply a knot to the top hole.
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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 8

    Oatmeal container inside luminary
    Photo: Rita Shehan

    The inside of your luminary should now look like the above photo. These lanterns are able to hold heavier candles without a problem. If you are concerned about fire safety make sure to use a battery operated candle.

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 9

    4th of July Lantern
    4th of July Lantern. Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. Cut three lengths of red ribbon.. Each ribbon strip should be 30 inches long.
    2. Cut three lengths of blue ribbon.. Each ribbon strip  should be 30 inches long.
    3. Cut three lengths of white ribbon.. Each ribbon strip should be 30 inches long.
    4. Punch 9 holes on the bottom of the lantern 1 1/2 inches apart from each other.
    5. Loop ribbons through each hole, following the order of red, white and blue.

     

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    How to Make a 4th of July Hanging Paper Lantern Craft: Step 10

    4th of July hanging lantern
    Photo: Rita Shehan
    1. Cut a .5" x  16 3/8"  paper square from leftover card stock.
    2. Glue the paper square with tacky glue to the top inside of the lantern. The card stock square will give the lantern support  and stability when attaching a handle to the lantern
    3. Punch two holes in the top of the lantern and attach cord to make a handle.

    You may use regular or battery-operated candles in the lantern.

    Always remember to use common sense when burning a candle. Never leave a lit candle unattended!