For the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, we made Jade Rabbit lanterns. The Jade Rabbit lives on the moon with Chang-E, forever pounding away at his mortar and pestle.
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Making our Jade Rabbit Lanterns
You will need:
scissors and glue
two colors of tissue paper
string, rope or yarn
disposable chopsticks or dowel
1. Layer two sheets of each color of tissue paper together. Make sure each sheet is large enough to fit the rabbit template. Trace the rabbit on one sheet, and cut it out through all four sheets, getting four rabbits at once.
2. Now it's time to cut designs out of the two outer layers. We first started with the eyes and ears. The easiest way is to fold the paper over (marked on the template) and cutting one half of the shape. As for the designs, we just kept folding parts of the rabbit and cutting out a shape. You can cut one large shape in the center, or many smaller shapes throughout the body.
3. Next, glue the outer layers to the inner layers. Be careful and gentle, as tissue paper is fragile. We did it in sections. And if a piece rips, it can be glued back into place. Also, make sure to glue them in such a way that when joined together, the outer layers are actually facing outside. (It isn't fun trying to un-glue two pieces of tissue paper!)
4. Glue the rabbits together, just along the edges, leaving an opening in the center for the candle. Attach three lengths of yarn, following the markings on the template, and attach these to a chopstick.
|We used purple glue along the edges of the inside of the rabbit|