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Thursday, September 1, 2011

A Moon Festival DIY Latern

One way of celebrating moon Festival is the lighting of the lanterns. So here is a DIY bunny lantern for you and your kids to enjoy.

Materials you will need:


1. a sheet of tracing paper at 8.5 x 24 inches (my sheet is 19 x 24, I cut it to the right size)
2. a ruler
3. a pencil
4. a pair of scissors
5. scotch tape (invisible/not shiny is better)
6. markers, colors of your choice (mine are peach, black, brown, light blue)
7. 4 inch lightstick necklace, any color (mine is yellow)
8. cord (should come with your light stick necklace)
9. a chopstick
10. bunny template, download and print here.


STEP 1. Fold your tracing paper in half, to make an 8.5 x 12 inch rectangle.

STEP 2. Using the ruler, measure and make a line .75 inches from the edge of the long (12 inch) side. Fold on the line.

STEP 3. Repeat on other long side.

STEP 4. Tape both folds down. Make sure you tape down the entire length:

STEP 5. Fit the bunny template under you paper. Trace the thick black lines:

STEP 6. Cut out your markings, as indicated by the template:

STEP 7: Draw your bunny face.

STEP 8. Poke a hole through the top of your bunny's head (both layers of paper). You can use a small hole punch if you have one or you can just use your pencil.

STEP 9. String your lightstick inside the bunny using the cord. Tie it loosely.

STEP 10: Tie the other end of the cord to a chopstick. Tie this tightly, perhaps wrapping around the chopstick a couple of times to keep it secure.

Now all you have to do is wait until nightfall, activate the lightstick according to the lightstick's instructions (you may have to untie & retie the cord) and let your lantern GLOW.





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