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July 4th Paper Lanterns

Give paper lanterns a Fourth of July makeover.

July 4th Paper Lanterns

Photography: Johnny Miller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2012

Introduction

To create a cascading star pattern, as shown here, cluster stars close together at the top of the lantern and paste stars farther apart toward the bottom. Hang the lanterns in a group for maximum impact. When the party's over, fold them up and tuck them away for next year's celebration.

materials

  • White glue

  • Paintbrush

  • Tissue paper

  • Crepe paper

  • Streamers

  • Chinese lanterns

steps

  1. Accordion-fold tissue paper several layers high, and punch with a star punch. (A single sheet will tear under the weight of the punch.)

  2. Combine 1 part white glue with 1 part water.

  3. Brush glue mixture on the lantern; attach stars. Brush another layer of the glue mixture on top.

  4. Attach a single 24-inch strip of crepe paper to the lantern by twisting it around the bottom wire of the lantern.

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