Kids' winter craft: Snowball lanterns to brighten up your home

You'll want to make and display a few of these brilliant snowballs to light up your home during the dreary days of winter. Have your kids make a few in varying sizes to get our look.

Photography by Ryan Brook/TC Media
These snowball lanterns are perfect for any winter celebration. Round paper lanterns come in a variety of sizes, as small as 10 cm (4 inches) in diameter. For safety, use only battery-operated tealights; do not use tealight with open flame.

You need:
• Round white paper lantern
• Polyester fibrefill
• Paintbrush
White glue
• Water
• Hairspray
• Battery-operated tealight "candle"

Take a look at a larger image of the finished snowball lantern craft.

To make:

1. With brush, apply a generous layer of glue to one-quarter of lantern's surface.

2. Stretch and flatten a small handful of polyester fibrefill until approx 1 cm (1/2 inch) thick.  Quickly apply fibrefill to wet glue, pressing gently. Hold until set.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until entire surface of lantern is covered.  

4. Wet hands copiously with water; move hands over fibrefill, gently pressing, until surface is smooth.

5. Holding hairspray 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 inches) away from the surface of the lantern, spray generously to set fibrefill.

6. Place battery-operated tealight "candle" on bottom wire of lantern. 

This story originally appeared in the January 2013 issue. Subscribe to Canadian Living today and never miss an issue!

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