My kiddies loved making paper lanterns, I think the easiest ones were made from a paper lunch sack. The ones you where you decorate the bag put a bit of sand on the bottom, and add a tea-light candle. Every year we’d make a dozen or so and light up the pathway to the door during the Halloween season. To be honest I’d lite the candles and distract the kiddies and go back out and blow them out. I always had a fear of them being a fire hazard.
As they got older they became more elaborate and were made from construction paper, with little cut out windows covered with a sheet of colored velum or tissue paper. These were also the ones they always wanted to hang. Hanging paper lanterns, crafted by little ones isn’t always easy and they always wanted to see them lite up. Thank goodness that by the time they started bringing home these someone came up with the brilliant idea of battery operated candles. They got to show off their artwork and I didn’t have to sneak out and blow out the candles, although we did spend a few $$ each year getting the batteries. We were safe so that is all that matters.
Do you make paper lanterns with your little ones? Do stick to the ones that sit on the ground or have they graduated to hanging ones? What do you use to light them?