Quick and Easy Fall Lanterns


 Over the past year, I've done a lot of cleaning out. All my pre-made holiday decor was given to other teachers. It had not been used in years and was taking up space!
Well, last week, my first graders let me know we needed more Halloween decor in our classroom. I told them we better start creating!



Here's what we made. They love it! I do, too!
BONUS: This project did not cost me one cent!!
Don't celebrate Halloween?? You can still make these.
They are adorable with or without faces!

 You will need:
*construction paper- 
9" x 12" orange 
green and brown pieces large enough to cut handles, leaves, and vines
*black markers or crayons (if you want faces)
*rulers
*pencils
*scissors
*glue
*tape or staples


Here are the steps:
Step 1: Draw a jack-o-lantern face in the middle of a 9" x 12" piece of construction paper. If you don't want faces, skip this step. You can see pics of these below.
Step 2: Fold the paper in half lengthwise.
Step 3: Use a ruler and draw a straight line about 1/2" inch from the top of the unfolded edge. Pic below.



Step 4: Cut straight lines from the folded edge to the pencil line on the unfolded edge.


Step 5: Open the paper.  It should look like the pic below. I had kids write their names on it then. 


Step 6: Roll the paper into a tube. Pic below.
Tape or staple the ends. You could glue but taping allows you to keep working. 




Once taped, it will look like this pic.
 

Step 7: Cut strips of green paper. Curl the paper around a pencil to create vines.



Step 8: Cut green leaves and glue the leaves and vines to the lantern. I love where he glued the leaves below. We glued the vines to the inside of the lanterns.


Step 9: Cut brown (or another color) strips for handles. Staple the handle inside the lanterns. The handles should be stapled at the front and the back if you plan to hang them on a vine.


Step 10: Cut out strips of butcher paper and twist into a vine. Hang the lanterns on the vine for a Fun Fall Display! Enjoy!

 I hope you're having fall weather in your neighborhood!
Love the feeling of fall!
Have a wonderful week, friends!





















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    1. You are welcome, Kimberly Ann! It was very easy, and the kiddos loved it! They want to make more!
      Have a great week!
      Laura

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  2. These turned out so adorable. I think I may make them in my classroom too. Thanks for the step by step directions.

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    1. Hi, Sylvia! I'm so glad you like them! Super fun and easy!! Would love to see them if you make some!
      Happy week!!
      Laura

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  3. Those lanterns are so darn cute. I love the "vine" in the window where they hang. I really appreciate cheerful classrooms.

    Cindy
    Granny Goes to School

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    1. Thanks so much, Cindy! I didn't realize how much they would brighten up the room! The kids are asking to do it for Christmas now! Love that! Have a great week!
      Laura

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  4. I made these Laura and they came out so cute! They loved them! They are festively decorating my hallway as we speak! I posted about them too on my blog! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

    Love,
    Leslie
    First Grade and Flip Flops

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    1. Yay, Leslie! I'm so glad y'all had fun with them!! Can't wait to see yours!
      XO
      Laura

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  5. OMG! What a great idea! Those loos seriously fabulous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alicia! They were tons of fun to make! We're planning Christmas ones, now!
      Have a great week!
      Laura

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  6. I use to make this art project many years ago. Thanks for reminding me of an easy, yet cute craft I can do with my after school class this week using our pumpkins we grew in our garden. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Happy to help! Love finding the quick and easy ones! No time for long drawn out lessons! Pumpkins are so festive! Would love to see your garden!
      Happy Halloween!
      Laura

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  7. I really like those! I'm pinning for next year. Thanks!

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  8. What a great decoration idea, that I know my kids will love to make!! Thank you for showing step-by-step directions!

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