These little lanterns are about 2" tall and are made from a toilet paper tube. You can make two lanterns from each tube. They are adorable individually and hung as a group for a garland. You can also forgo the hanger and pop one over a light on your tree to see it really glow!*
Supplies: toilet paper tube pencil scissors acrylic paint paint brush glue wire for hanging (optional)
#1 cut the tp tube open vertically
#2 cut the tube in half horizontally
#3 cut 2" off so you are left with... #4
#5 paint the inside yellow if you want the lantern to look like it's glowing from the inside and use the color of your choice for the outside; let dry
#6 fold in half horizontally, then make small, evenly spaced cuts beginning on the fold to ¼" from the open edge
#7 glue the lantern closed; squash down a bit to shape
For the handle I used #20 floral wire, shaped the rounded part around the barrel of a marker, then flipped up each end to hook through the slots of the lantern.
"England is a fairly big (the ninth biggest, actually) island located to the northwest of continental Europe and only connected to mainland Europe by the Channel Tunnel.
on the way to the post office England is a very green country with many small hills, rivers and fields, and larger hills in the north of the country. While we do have some big cities most people live in smaller villages and need to walk quite far to reach the nearest shop or train station.
When people think of England the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Queen, and it is true that there are very few places you can look and not see her, after all her face is on most stamps, notes and coins. Even our food has labels that tell us whether the Queen eats this or not!
As someone so very present in our life she often becomes a character in daily play. You can find a tutorial for a kid-made Queen's robe here.
When you come to England you will find many Fish & Chips shops, it's a very traditional meal that really tastes best in the small restaurants right by the coast. Try making your own!"
"A thing the British are very well known for is drinking a lot of tea, so this beautiful teatime candle seemed a great craft to share. We make these as hostess presents and thank-you presents, as they are quick and easy to make and always look great.
You will need:
an old teacup & saucer a metal tin small pieces of wax (This is a great way to use up all those tea-lights and oldcandles you have, all you need to dois cut them up into bits. Save the wick, too!) a wick (we got ours out of one of the candles we reused)
Put your pieces of wax into the old tin, fill a pot with about 8 cm of water and put your tin into the middle. Now start melting the wax in your tin. Don’t place your wax directly in a pot over a heat source, always use this double boiler method. You can add a crayon or colourful wax if you want your candle to be a certain colour.
When all the wax has melted carefully pour it into the cup and add your wick to the middle. You might need to hold on to the wick for a couple of minutes till it stays in the right position.
Carefully place your teacup in the fridge and leave it to cool down for one to two hours.
After that, all you need to do is trim the wick and enjoy your new candle. It makes even pretend tea parties feel very special." --- England is brought to you by guest blogger, Miri of Here We Are Together. Miri is a married mom of two living in the south of England. Her blog mirrors her attachment parenting lifestyle and homeschooling her children near the seashore. You'll enjoy reading her gentle and honest narrative while looking at her lovely photos so be sure to have a visit!
If you have any questions about England please leave them in the comments in the next few days and Miri will answer them! ---