Earth Day Lantern

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By General Craft Contributor Michelle

Gather the kids, grab some newspaper, and create a fun decoration in celebration of Earth Day!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, tear your newspaper into strips that are 1-2 inches wide.

Next, we’re going to make a glue\water mixture to dip our newspaper strips into.  We want to make our mixture about 1 part glue, to 2 parts water.   Mix until combined.

Inflate your balloon, and place it into a bowl (tied end facing down) to hold it in place while you apply your newspaper strips.  We started out using a glass to hold our balloons, as shown in the photo, but quickly realized that a wider, deeper bowl held the balloon in place much better.

Dip your strip into the glue mixture, and then run your fingers along the strip to remove the excess glue mixture.  We want the strips wet, but not drippy.

Apply your strips to the balloon, smoothing them flat as you work.  Begin by criss-crossing them over the top of the balloon to cover, and then work around the sides.

We’re trying to make a globe-like shape from our balloon, which means we’re only going to apply the strips over about 3/4 of the balloon, leaving the pointed end uncovered.

When you get the top of your balloon covered, you can flip it over in the bowl and work on creating a smooth bottom edge for your lantern.  Try to make the bottom edge as even as possible around the balloon, but you can always trim it with scissors when it is dry, and you pop the balloon.   Add one layer of newspaper all over the balloon, and then let it dry.  Then apply a second layer, and let it dry.

Next we’ll apply the blue water to our Earth.  Tear the teal tissue paper into pieces, not too tiny, 4-5 inch pieces or so.

Using one of your brushes, apply a layer of Mod Podge to a small area of your paper globe, and then press a piece of tissue on top.  Then, use your brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the tissue to adhere it to the surface.  Continue apply tissue paper to your globe, overlapping as you work to cover the whole thing.

Apply as many layers of the teal tissue as you desire.   I chose to let the newsprint show through my tissue a bit, but you can add more layers if you wish, until the newsprint no longer shows through.  Let dry.

Next tear little bitty pieces of green tissue, and begin applying them, as you did the teal, to add land masses to your globe.  I decided to try my hand at making the continents look like the real thing, but you could also just apply random green patches to your globe, if you desire.  Let dry.

Now the fun part!  Pop that balloon!

Using a nail, knitting needle, skewer, or something else sharp, carefully pierce holes in your lantern.  I chose to make free-form hearts and swirls in the water on my lantern.  You might want to outline your land masses, or make wave patterns in the water.

Use you scissors to trim the bottom edge so it sits flat, as needed.  Pop a battery operated light under your Earth, and admire your handiwork!

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