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Halloween Lantern Party Favors

The orange balloon-shape calyxes of Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) make perfect stand-ins for pumpkins in these fun decorations. To complete the look, glue on a face and attach a leaf or two.

Materials

  • Chinese lantern branches
  • Black and green construction paper
  • Craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Green floral wire (optional)
  • Cellophane bags
  • Orange candy, like chocolate-covered apricot balls
  • Green ribbon
  • Face and Leaf Templates

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut off a 5-inch segment from a Chinese lantern branch with 1 calyx at top; cut off extra calyxes along length if necessary (these can be glued to bare stems).

  2. Step 2

    Photocopy face and leaf templates; cut out. Trace face onto black paper and leaves onto green paper; cut out.

  3. Step 3

    Glue face and 1 or 2 leaves to calyx using paintbrush. Coil wire around a pencil to create a tendril; cut off excess, and wrap coil around lantern top (optional).

  4. Step 4

    Fill 1 bag with candy, tie loosely with ribbon, and insert lantern stem into ribbon's knot. Tighten knot, securing stem to bag.