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Pumpkin Lanterns

Take an ordinary paper lantern, dress it up with leaves, a stem, and tendrils, and it will assume a totally unexpected identity: a Halloween pumpkin. A few craft supplies are all you need to transform these inexpensive, light-as-air globes.

Materials

  • Leaf template
  • Green paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Dark-green and brown pipe cleaners
  • Wire frame
  • Fishing line
  • Newspaper

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and enlarge the leaf template as desired; cut out, and trace onto green paper. Cut out.

  2. Step 2

    With white craft glue, attach a dark-green pipe cleaner to the leaf's center. For curly tendrils, spiral two brown pipe cleaners around a marker, then slide off.

  3. Step 3

    Attach leaf and tendrils to a paper lantern by winding the ends of the pipe cleaners around the wire frame. For stem, roll a few sheets of newspaper into a tapered shape; cut off wider end, then wrap other end with brown floral tape.

  4. Step 4

    Wrap another brown pipe cleaner around base of stem; secure ends to wire frame. Hang lanterns with fishing line.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2004