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Chinese Lanterns

We have created some beautiful Chinese Lanterns using my 2 years olds art work.
Little N is always doing something messy and creative. She loves painting, sticking and drawing. I love seeing her getting completely absorbed in her messy play!

With Chinese New Year upon us and my daughters art work piling up high I decided to combine the two and create some colourful decorations.

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You will need:
- Dried paintings
- Sequins (UK/US)
- Glitter (UK/US)
- Scissors (UK/US)
- Glue spreaders (UK/US)
- PVA Glue (UK/US)
- Glue Stick (UK/US)
- Ribbon (UK/US)

Step 1
Begin by decorating the dried paintings using glue, sequins and glitter.
You can use either PVA glue or prit stick.

Little N did this for around 40 minutes. She loved squeezing the PVA glue onto her paper and pushing sequins down into the oozy, white glue. PVA is great for younger children as they can see the glue, so know where to stick. Little N gets puzzled when using the glue sticks and quickly looses interest.

Step 2
Once the paintings are decorated and you have allowed enough time for the glue to completely dry, fold the paper in half (landscape).

Step 3
Take your scissors and cut slits into the paper, taking care not to cut down to the edges. Cut the slits around 1cm apart.
Tip: If you have any accidents and your slits are made too far, use sellotape to stick it back together.

Step 4
Open out your paper now and holding your lantern landscape glue the ends together.

Step 5
Attach a handle to the top of your lantern. We used gold ribbon.

......and there we have it. In 5 simple steps you can create some beautiful lanterns, perfect decorations for the Chinese New Year, using your little ones art work.

These lanterns also make great decorations for parties and out in the garden during the Summer months.

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