We’ve all made the Chinese Lanterns, but here is a fun way to turn this old favorite into a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern. This project is a great rainy day activity and one is never enough so plan on having plenty of orange construction paper on hand.
The name Jack-O-Lantern originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” If you want to hear the whole story go to the source of this information. Source: History – How Jack O’Lanterns Originated in Irish Myth
- Orange construction paper
- Black marker
- Glue Stick
- Tin Foil (optional)
- Take your piece of orange construction paper, measure 1 inch from one of the sides. Cut this off and put aside for the handle.
- With the rest of your paper, measure (on the back side) 1 inch around all four sides. Draw a border around. This will be our guide for the slits.
- On the front side, draw a big jack-o-lantern face in the center of your paper. Keep in mind this face needs to stay within that border you drew on the back.
- Flip your paper back over and on the back, measure 1 inch slits across and cut from the top to bottom border.
- Fold the paper in half. Folding from top to bottom, so the crease is horizontal (opposite your slits).
- Roll the paper into a tube and glue where two side borders meet.
- Glue a handle on top – you can use the piece you cut off your page originally or some string.
- Jazz It Up!! Line the inside with tin foil. This will cause your jack-o-lantern to light up when the sun, or light, hits it.
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