I’ve been trying to keep up with traditions from home as much as possible and I have to say it is quiet hard sometimes. Tim received an email with the news that there would be a Lantern Walk at the ABC School in Bellevue! I was so excited about it, like a little kid. It’s funny how you can miss little things like a St. Martin’s Lantern Parade, Weckmann and the songs they sing.
So of course, I told Tim, that I wanted to go to this with Elliott an him. But where would I get a lantern, and a “Lantern-Stick”. I tried to google it, searched Amazon and ebay and of course nothing came out. Somebody told me that there would be Light-Sticks at Micheals, but all I could find where glow sticks at Michaels.
So of course I had to do my own lantern. Elliott loves Elmo, so I thought an Elmo lantern would be easy. Everything is always said easier than done. I went to the crafts store close to work, and finding the right paper was a challenge itself. The paper we usually use (Buntpapier) wasn’t available. But the girl in the paper section at Ben Franklins was really helpful and suggested Velum. I was so happy, that I was able to find Velum and of course they didn’t have red for Elmo’s face. So I had to re-decide and wanted to do a fire engine lantern.
So I ended up buying red card stock paper, and white velum with sparkles and yellow velum. I created a pattern from an side view of a fire engine and made the whole lantern out of one piece of the red stock paper. I used a carpet knife (exacto knife) to cut the outside and the windows out with the knife and used the yellow velum for the front windows and the white one for the back.
I created tires and the ladder from black cardboard. And I used white paper for the tires and side and front panels of the truck.
Of course I had to figure out how to get the lantern on a stick. And how would I able to lit the lantern up. Real candles are a no go, the lantern would lit up faster than I could look at it. I decided I would give it a try with a wooden stick and the automatic candles you can buy at the store.
I had a friend of mine drill a whole through the the stick. So I could thread some metal wire through it to hold the lantern. Another friend gave me her left over automatic candles from her pumkins and tadaaa here is the ready made latern.!
The parade was fun, there were a lot of people. I think Elliott liked it too! He wanted to hold his lantern the whole time! After he ate his fruit bar.