I love projects that young artists of varying ages can accomplish and enjoy at their own level. In this class, the youngest was 2.5 and the oldest was 10, with several ages in between. They made tabletop lanterns featuring shapes, lines, faces, words, hearts, animals, jack-o-lanterns, the globe, Lego Star Wars, a Dallas Clayton bunny, with both tracings and freestyle art.
I had trouble getting good pictures of the lanterns in the dark, lit up from within. There’s one at the end that (sort of) came out, of a traced fox (found unnamed on Pinterest)—and this artist put a lid on her lantern 🙂
This project was inspired by lovely handmade lanterns by Rebecca Kedborn in Sweden (check out Scandinavian Toys, her Etsy shop). We made ours with parchment paper, markers and Sharpies, small LED “flickering candle” lights, and a lot of creativity.