Mini-Light Lanterns

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Slip these little lantern covers over ordinary mini-lights – they’re quick-to-make, inexpensive, and can be customized to fit any occasion!

Materials

  • Mini-light strand
  • Pastel vellum, assorted colors

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 2-1/2”x4” rectangle from paper for each light bulb. Fold in half to measure 1-1/4”x4”. Cut evenly spaced slits, 1/4” to 1/2” apart, along folded edge, stopping 1/8” from open edge (See Fig. 1).

STEP 2

Open rectangle. Use hot glue gun to glue short edges together, forming cylinder.

STEP 3

Cut small strip for handle. Adhere one handle end inside upper lantern edge. Position lantern over light bulb and adhere remaining handle in place.

Other Options

  • Try ultra-thin metal sheets for more durable outdoor lanterns.
  • Seasonal options might include: alternating red and green lanterns; orange pumpkins with green handles and black triangle eyes; red, white, and blue lanterns with streaming ribbons. Get creative!

by Rebecca Ortinau

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