It's Diwali! The Festival of light. One of the most important religious festivals for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, it is also one of the most beautiful. Literally meaning "Series of Lights", Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil.
Many celebrate by putting out candles, and lanterns, eating sweet treats and watching fireworks. Why not try your hand at these simple paper lanterns and join in with the Diwali celebrations.
All you need is:
- Two sheets of coloured card
- Glue - you can use a stick glue or PVA
- Jewels/ pom poms/ glitter (optional) - to decorate your lanterns.
Pick the paper you would like to make the outer shell of your lantern. Fold this piece of paper in half (long ways).
Cut through the fold, leaving an uncut gap at the top.
Put some glue on the edge of the uncut, second piece of paper. Stick the cut sheet, fold facing upward, onto the glued edge of the second sheet. Now do a second line of glue just over 3/4's of the way down the page of the uncut piece of paper. Stick the edge of the folded cut paper onto that line. You will see a little of the uncut paper still. Cut along that line, this will become your handle.
Roll the card together to form a tube. At the point where the paper touches staple to secure. Then using the spare bit of card to create a handle. Arch over the top of the lantern and staple to secure.