For our Christmas craft this year we did some potato stamping and made some cardboard lanterns. Now before we go any further, I will just reinforce that being cardboard, these are obviously not safe to use a real lanterns, and we don't have them hanging near the Christmas lights, but they look pretty as decorations and, for little hands, were a lot of fun to make..
I made a potato stamp by cutting a potato in half, then using a cookie cutter and a knife, I cut out some shapes the munchkins picked out.
As my babes are still learning to use scissors. I cut out the rectangles of cardboard for them.
Use potato stamps, paint, glitter and other decorations to stamp/paint the cardboard. I gently folded each piece of cardboard in half and let them dry.
Once paint and decorations are dry, you can fold the cardboard rectangles in half and cut your design into them. This is a great job for older children who are proficient with scissors.
I taped and tied string to both sides of the top of the cardboard.
Optional Step 6:
Tape coloured cellophane inside the lantern for some added colour.
My little ones (Miss 2 in particular) loved this activity and I love that they got to contribute to the decorating this year.