How Do You Make Floating Lotus-Shaped Paper Wish Lanterns?

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In many Asian countries, including Thailand and Japan, the people prepare for festivals by making lotus-shaped paper lanterns. During the festivals they wish upon their paper lantern and set them afloat on a river. Wishes include desires for love and luck, as well as apologies to the Earth and river itself for any misuse during the preceding year. Traditionally the lanterns are made from natural materials such as banana tree leaves and stems, but you can make a paper version that, while not necessarily biodegradable, will be a beautiful addition to a pond or swimming pool for a home party. Draw seven pointed lotus leaf shapes about 8 inches long and 3 inches wide on the green paper and cut out. Draw eight-pointed lotus petal shapes on the pink paper about 6 or 7 inches long and 2 inches wide and cut out. You can also use white paper for lotus petals. In addition, you can make the leaves and petals out of any color paper you choose for a different look. It is best to use translucent ... more
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