QUICK AND EASY FALL LANTERNS | Peace, Love, and First Grade


 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)
*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!