DIY Kids Room Decor. Spotty Lanterns

Nov 12, 2012

kids paper lanterns, paper lanterns

Today we just did a super simple little craft. 

It kept us amused, practiced fine-motor skills, worked on colour recognition, made us aware of spacing and in the end, we had some cool and unique Kids Room Decor lanterns to hang in my daughters room


Ages: 2-6+
(M was 3y/o. See the Handy Tips at the bottom for ideas to Simplify or Extend for your child)


Materials: Paper lanterns (You can source these  inexpensively from your local discount variety shops or ebay! These cost me less than $2 each) & 
Multi coloured and sized dot stickers (if you can't find multi coloured ones, buy white dot stickers and have your child paint them different colours)



Then it's as simple as peel and stick



Talk about the different colours you're using and how they're spacing them out. 
Use different sized dots for varying effects.



When they are done, tie on some fishing line and hang at varying heights from the ceiling
(We used Command Clear Hooks to attach to the ceiling. No drilling, yay!)


Look what else we've done with Paper Lanterns :)
(click the picture to go to the post)
     






Handy Tips:

- Simplify this activity by assisting your child to peel the stickers off the backing. If it's too hard for your child, peel the stickers off first and half stick them on the edge of the table for them to peel and use easier

- Extend this activity by challenging your child to make different shapes and patterns out of the dot stickers. Include some literacy by having them form their name or first letter or some numeracy by challenging them to figure out how many dots they've covered their lantern with

- Mix it up by using different types or stickers or have a go at painting one! Use colours your child likes or that will complement spaces.

- Making something that looks visually pleasing as the end result helps your child to feel proud about what they have created. Giving it a special purpose (like for their room or as a gift) can also help instil some pride in their work.

- Talk with your child as they do this activity. Take the time to discuss what's going on in their life. Some of the best discussions with your child can come when you are simply working side by side. It's a beautiful thing :)


Have you used Paper Lanterns? How?


Happy creating,
Debs :)



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24 comments:

  1. They look great Debs...i bet she had an absolute ball!

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    1. Thanks Jode. Yes, we enjoyed this. So easy but we thought they looked cool :)

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  2. These look fabulous! Nice work! :) And so nice that your daughter had her hand in making her own room decor! :)

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  3. These are great! My girls would love to do this - thanks for the idea!

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  4. Where dis you buy those multi colored dot stickers? Here in USA i have seen only dot stickers called coding lables in 4 colors

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    1. I'm in Australia SHeeba. I got them from a discount variety store (like, a dollar store). If you can't find them, just get white ones and let your child paint the stickers first. :)

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  5. Deb, these are BEAUTIFUL! I thought you had bought them from the shop when I first saw the images. I had no idea they were stickers. Thay look so funky!

    Any what a sense of artistic achievement your little Miss should feel. They are so perfect!

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    1. haha. Just one of those simple ideas that comes together the way you envisioned :)

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  6. They look beautiful! Pinning it! I have a pink girl who will love it!

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  7. Tasks looks fantastic! A great one to do with the little Miss :)

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    1. I know, so simple! yay haha :) Cheers babyinaus :)

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  8. I love these! Definitely going to try it. I'd love to get hold of some of those stickers. I love cheap shops but it can be frustrating that they don't seem to have any continuity of stock or consistency across stores. I guess that makes it more fun to find great stuff :)

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    1. haha, I hate that too. In fact, since finding these stickers, I've gone back and bought a whole lot of them in case they run out and I can never find them again haha :)

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  9. Very cool - I have seen white lanterns like those at kmart for $4 each. :)

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    1. Didn't know you could get them at Kmart. Good to know! thanks :)

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  10. Love these! I'm working on a craft space and was thinking of hanging paper lanterns like those. I never would have thought to add the stickers though. This will be a fun little project for me and my son. Thank you for the great idea!

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    1. You're welcome Ann. It's actually a very therapeutic little project. You just want to keep on sticking :)

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  11. These are so beautiful and it's great you can make them with your kids! I think it's also important to do these types of activities as a way to have great conversations with kids (like you had). Wonderful.

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    1. The best convos come with your kids when you're just working side by side. :) Thanks Kate :)

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