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What you need:
  • Colored construction paper or cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • A Thumbtack
  • Scissors (if you want to cut any extra paper off)
  • Glue or double sided tape

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STEP 1: Pick your color!

I used construction paper, just because I had some laying around the house. I chose red, of course for the symbol of luck and prosperity – bring it on![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]

STEP 2: Become an artist!

Lightly sketch a design on the front of your paper. This was my attempt at a lotus flower – *pats myself on the back*

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STEP 3: Punch!

Once your sketch is complete, use the thumbtack to punch holes through the outline. Be careful to space the holes out so they do not overlap.

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STEP 4: Erase!

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STEP 5: Cut and stick!

Get creative! You can cut the lanterns into different sizes, I left mine tall in order to cover my tall candle. Once you have decided on a height, place glue or double sided tape on the two ends and fold together, creating a circle. I used a large candle to help curve the paper.

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STEP 6: Light it up!

Place in a dark room and watch it shine! I placed a scented flameless candle inside of mine. Two in one – a beautiful light and wonderful vanilla scent! Yay!![/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” bg_color=”#e8b500″ bg_video=”” class=”” style=””][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][gap size=”1.313em” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][gap size=”1.313em” id=”” class=”” style=””][image src=”639″ alt=”” href=”” title=”” info_content=”” lightbox_caption=”” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/3″][gap size=”1.313em” id=”” class=”” style=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]

WARNING: These are flammable and could pose a fire hazard if used with a burning flame. Our recommendation is to use a flameless candle.

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