Celebrate the last days of summer with a fun outdoor gathering!

Celebrate the last days of summer with a fun outdoor gathering! These simple paper lanterns make festive outdoor or indoor decorations, and kids will love stringing them up around the house!


WHAT YOU NEED

decorative paper (construction paper or scrapbook sheets work great)

scissors

invisible tape or a stapler

glue stick

ribbon

HOW YOU DO IT

1. Cut paper into a 4-inch-by-8-inch rectangle.

2. If one side of your paper is white or plain, use the glue stick to glue the white sides of the paper together, so that both sides are colorful or decorative.

3. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Starting three-fourths inch from the edge of the paper, draw a line that goes from the fold to about one-half inch from the edge. Draw a parallel line one-half inch below it and continue repeating lines until you reach the end. Your drawing should look like a comb at the end.

4. Cut along the lines you drew.

5. Unfold your paper. Roll the paper around so that the two short edges are slightly overlapping. Use tape or a stapler to attach those edges at the top and bottom.

6. Cut a 3-inch-by-one-half-inch strip of coordinating paper. Tape or staple this to the top of your lantern to form a handle.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 to create as many lanterns as you want for your decorations.

8. Cut a long piece of ribbon. Use tape to attach the lantern handles to paper ribbon, spacing them apart evenly. Tie them up around your patio or porch for colorful summer fun!

WHO THOUGHT THIS UP

Olivera Bratich owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home decor and more. Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m. weekdays except Tuesdays when they're closed, 12-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.net or call 614-447-3445.