Original article: reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/hanukkah/fun-make-hanukkah-lanterns
Celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with hanging and tabletop lanterns.
There are many different types of lanterns that are simple to construct. And although there are many beautiful lessons learned from the open flame, for safety's sake, never leave an open flame unattended. You can also use a battery operated tea light.
Here are two simple lantern examples, hanging or tabletop, although the possibilities are endless.
HANGING LANTERNS FOR AN ILLUMINATING FAMILY WALK
Create a lantern to light your way as you soak in the beauty of the night air and reflect on the miracle of Hanukkah. Once you've made your lantern, enjoy a nature walk observing the night sky illuminated by the glow of your lantern.
Taking a lantern walk provides a wonderful opportunity to express quiet gratitude, for family, celebrations and meaningful connection. Adults will experience the value in providing time for children to be their guide and follow their light. Children will experience lessons of connection, responsibility and confidence as they lead the starry night walk.
- Stick (to hold your lantern suspended by a wire)
- Colored paper
- Wax paper, parchment paper, or vellum
- Glue stick
- Oil pastels
- Wire or ribbon
- Tea light
- Aluminum foil
TABLETOP LANTERNS CREATE A FESTIVE MOOD
Fill your paper with beautiful colors. Observe emerging color connections through a color experience in painting. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the quiet, listen to the jingling of brushes in the water jar or play some quiet and festive music. The mood is yours to create! Once your painting is complete, set it aside to dry and later repurpose into your tabletop lantern.
- Painting paper (size of paper will determine size of lantern)
- Watercolor paints
- Paint brushes
- Water jar
- Dabbing cloth
- Paper punches or anything to poke holes
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