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Kid-Friendly Fall Lantern Craft

Everyone loves a craft that involves glue and glitter, and this sparkly toddler craft is best saved for a quiet spot that can handle a messy project. What I love most about this craft is that it gives both younger and older children an opportunity to help decorate the family table and get into the festive spirit of Thanksgiving. 

Simple to make with supervision only needed to avoid a glitter storm, this is a fun family focused craft that everyone will enjoy. I used leaves for this lantern but you can get creative with cinnamon sticks, branches, or even fabric shapes.

My 4 year old made his Fall lantern from start to finish with little to no help from me, and in fewer than 20 minutes. The cost of each lantern using new materials cost less than $10, however, the more lanterns you make the cheaper it gets, as the glitter is the biggest expense. If you are looking for a low cost craft alternative, a quick visit to your local thrift store should provide you with old vases, milk bottles or bowls that would work perfectly instead of the brandnew lanterns I used in this craft.

  • acrylic faux jewels – assorted
  • scissors
  • marker
  • ruler
  • X-acto knife
  • small artificial flower
  • cardstock

Step 1: Using a foam brush, apply a thin later of glue to the top of the leaf. Keep in mind that the more glue applied, the longer it will take to dry and the more drips you may encounter along the way.

Step 2: Using a spoon, sprinkle the glitter over the glue and then shake the excess off. Repeat for each leaf. We used an old news print sheet to keep the glitter from taking over our kitchen; a shower curtain is what we should have used.

Step 3: Using your hands wrap the leaves around the lantern glitter side out and then secure in place with the twine. Allow to dry before setting on the table.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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