Making Tissue Paper Lanterns #stayhome | Jenna Marshall Photography

When I heard that the schools were closing my first thought was good! I was glad to hear that we were going to be able to keep our children safe at home and reduce the risk of older family members catching this awful virus. My second thought was, “How the hell am I going to keep my kids entertained for months?!?!”
Luckily, my kids have a love of art. I often find them drawing and designing things in their bedrooms. So I started to google ideas. I found a great website called Wild + Free that is filled with inspiration for homeschooling kids. I love the whole ethos of the page. It is very nature based and is a way to educate children using books, art, nature and allowing them to explore and learn through play. I have found so many great tips by signing up that has ignited a fire inside me to fully emerge myself into homeschooling my kids while I have the opportunity. This is a moment in time all kids will remember for the rest of their lives. I plan to blog a lot of what we get up to. If you need some inspiration just pop back or sign up to the newsletter.

How we Made Tissue Paper Lanterns

We mixed 1 part water with 1 part glue and also added some dried heather I had left over from photography packaging.
We then blew up the balloons and placed them in bowls to keep them steady. The kids then layered pieces of tissue paper ensuring to cover each piece with the glue. After a couple of layers the kids started adding flowers and leaves then covering with another layer of tissue paper to keep them in place. We did this over the top of the balloon and down the sides half way. We then let it dry over night.

The next day we popped the balloons and removed the pieces of popped balloon from the tissue paper lanterns. The kids then used a whole punch to poke a hole either side and tied some string. Willow has been using the lantern to collect things so added the string for it to be easily carried. You can fill with battery operated fairy lights on the battery operated candles. These are made of tissue paper so do not put near any flames.

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