Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 18 2005
In need of a revolutionary decorating idea for Independence Day? A garland of star-spangled paper lanterns is festive and fun for kids to make. Suspend them on seam binding or colorful string and hang for a party, or on your porch to honor the Fourth. All you need is white glue, scissors, a mini stapler, and construction paper -- in red, white, and blue, of course.
Cut construction paper to 6 by 9 inches; fold in half lengthwise. Fold edges back 1/2 inch for rims, and crease; unfold. Glue a 1/2-by-9-inch strip of decorative paper on each rim. Cut slits from middle fold to rims, spacing 3/4 inch apart. Shape into lantern: Open paper; bring the ends together to overlap slightly; staple. Staple 3/4-by-8-inch paper handle inside lantern. Glue on construction-paper stars (made with a craft punch).