I have done this project several times with children and it is always successful ! Children like building with icecream sticks and most of all copying and drawing on transparent tracing paper. This project takes a while and you can work on step at the time…
16 Ice cream sticks
Tracing paper strip 48cm x 12 cm
11,5×11,5 foam board (1cm thick)
Decopatch Paper or other decorative paper
Amos White Craft Glue ( this glue dye’s quickly with is important when working with children)
Gold Acrylic Paint (Martha Stewart gold Acrylic Paint)
Step 1 : Building the Ice cream stick windows
Make four squares with the ice cream sticks. It is important that two sticks are parallel on the bottom and two parallel on the top. When dry paint them in gold on one side.
Step 2 : Prepare the base
Cover the foam board square base with Decopatch paper (just the best collage paper to work with) or creative paper you have at hand.
Step 3: Prepare the tracing paper windows
Lay your 4 ice cream stick window side by side on the stip of tracing paper. Trace with a pencil the inside of the windows to mark where to draw.
Step 4: Draw
Print mandala drawing in black and white and let the children copy the drawings. It’s important to hold the drawing with scotch tape for the children so that they copy without having the drawing move. Children LOVE to copy on tracing paper.
First let them do the contour with a black permanent marker . When Dry they fill in with color markers.
Step 5 : Strengthen the corners
Place a strip of scotch tape on the back between the drawn squares to strengthen the corners.
Step 6 : Mounting
Glue the ice cream squares sticks around the drawings.
Step 7 : Build the paper lantern
Glue and join the tracing paper around the base and on the open side.
Your colorful paper lantern is ready !!