Light Up Your Windows – Craft Ideas
We’d love you to be part of this year’s Keep A Light On, by decorating your own windows and sharing the message of hope and light with your community. Joanna from Creation Station Lancaster usually runs children’s workshops at Light Up Lancaster, but this year she has joined us to provide some fantastic ideas for ways in which you can join in from home.
Simply browse the ideas below, choose your design, get creating, and then hang your finished crafts in your windows for all to see – and don’t forget to send a picture of your window to: email@example.com – we’d love to see them all!
- Jar Lanterns.
Wash out a jar and leave it to dry. Decide upon your design and cut out the shapes from dark paper. Simple bold shapes work best. Stick your dark paper shapes to the jar and put a battery tealight inside the jar.
- Paper lanterns.
This idea uses a pre-made plain white paper lantern. I cut up see through coloured sweet wrappers, and stuck them on to the lantern. Use string to hang up the lantern and put a battery tealight at the bottom.
- Milk bottle luminary.
Wash out an empty plastic milk bottle and leave it to dry. Carefully, cut the bottom off the milk bottle. Use a permanent black marker to draw a design onto the milk bottle. Place a battery tealight inside the milk bottle.
- Cardboard tube lantern.
Use a drawing pin to poke holes into a cardboard tube (e.g. from inside some kitchen roll). Make sure that you start from approx. 2cm from the bottom.of the tube. Turn on a battery tea light and place the cardboard tube over the tealight and watch the light shine through the holes.
- Glass ramekin tealight.
Use a glass ramekin (from a chocolate dessert) and choose some coloured tissue paper. Tear the tissue paper into small pieces and stick it to the side of the ramekin. Place a battery tealight inside the ramekin.
- Pyramid lantern.
Use four sticks or canes to make a square base, securing in the corners with masking tape. Secure four sticks/canes pointing up from each corner using masking tape. Tape the four sticks together in a point to make a pyramid. Wrap cling film around the triangular sides of the pyramid. Tear some tissue paper into small pieces. Stick the pieces of tissue paper to the clingfilm. Light up the lantern by placing it over a battery tealight. Alternatively, thread some string through the top of the pyramid to hang it up. Stick a battery tealight to a strip of card and fold up the ends of the card to sellotape inside the pyramid.
- Paper cup light picture.
Use felt tips to draw a scene across six paper cups: something with bold shapes and a fairly dark background with lighter shapes works well. I drew a scene of hot air balloons, which can be a seen as a symbol of hope. Put the bottom three cups in a row, with a battery tealight under each one. Repeat with a row of two cups above, and then finally one cup at the top.
- Paper lantern.
Cut twelve strips of thin card or paper. Mine are approximately the length of an A4 page and 1.5cm wide. To make mine into a rainbow, I had strips from six different colours of card. Carefully, put a whole in the end of each piece of card and fasten them together using a split pin. Spread the strips out so they make a circle around the split pin in the middle. Make a hole in each piece of card at the other end. Use another split pin to fasten the strips together at the other end. Make sure that card strips are spread out to make approximate sphere. Tie some string round one of the split pins (so it can hang up) and place a battery tealight at the bottom, where the strips meet at the split pin.
- Glowstick Chain.
Snap and bend a glowstick so that it lights up and use the fasteners to make it into a loop. Bend and snap a second glowstick, and place it through the first glowstick loop before fastening it into a loop. Repeat with subsequent glowsticks until you have made a glowstick chain of the length wanted.