A Thanksgiving tradition in our family was re-introduced yesterday. After dinner, while letting our food settle--and not yet ready for dessert-- the kids and interested adults created a holiday craft. I say we "re-introduced" it because for awhile, we had kids too young to do a craft and adults too busy with those too young. Now our little ones can handle any project you stick in front of them!
This holiday project is super simple and will keep little fingers busy while you do other holiday preparations and gift wrapping. And you need very little materials, all available at low cost. In fact, you may have these things in your house right now! Plus, once these lanterns are done, you can use them as centerpieces, part of mantle decorations, or even as luminaria going up a staircase, inside or out!
To make one dozen lanterns:
- A box of Large Mouth Quart Mason jars (though honestly, you can use ANY glass jars and different shapes and sizes may be more appealing
- 12 battery operated tea candles, OR votives in their own glass holder (we had both options, using pine scented votives, though the battery tea candles are safest for children, if course.)
- assorted ribbon, bows, tinsel on wire, gel-sticks (used on windows)
- optional rice, glass beads
- optional spray snow for a little "glitz" on the interior, if using tea candles.