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Bald-Eagle Tissue Paper Lanterns

Upside-down honeycomb bells become bodies for bald eagles, and looped wings and a drawn head give this flier a little patriotic flourish.

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2010

materials

  • Template (choose from above)
  • Heavyweight paper

  • Scissors

  • Spray adhesive

  • Double-sided tape

  • Hot glue and hot-glue gun

  • Twine or monofilament

steps

  1. Choose the blue or red eagle clip art, and print — both sides of the head and 2 copies of each wing — onto heavyweight paper. 

    Set your printer's margins to zero (or as narrow as possible). For a 9-inch bell, choose the small eagle clip art. Print the wing pieces (2 per sheet) twice, and head pieces (2 per sheet) once. For an 11-inch bell, choose the medium eagle clip art. Print each wing piece (1 per sheet) twice and each head piece (1 per sheet) once.

    Cut out pieces; using spray adhesive, glue heads and wings in pairs, back to back, to make double-sided.

  2. Open bell, and secure it with double-sided tape. Attach one wing with hot glue, pressing the tabs between layers of tissue, below. Repeat with second wing. Hot-glue the head in place, pressing it into the layers of tissue at the rounded center of the bell.

  3. Punch a small hole in top of head, and hang with twine or monofilament.

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