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Are those long, dark winter nights feeling cozy and calm, or a touch too long and too dark? I go back and forth a little yo-yo like myself, sometimes loving the coziness of it all and sometimes longing for the sunshine.
No matter which way I am yo-yoing though, I am always, always excited for Winter Solstice. While it is the longest night of the year, it is also our promise for the return of the warm sun.
One activity I do with my kids most years is make Winter Solstice Lanterns. This is the perfect activity to do cozied up on a chilly cold day. I highly recommend a cup of hot cocoa and a wood fire, if you can swing it. And blankets, lots and lots of blankets.
My children and I have this thing about not wearing socks. It drives John a bit batty, because we also have this thing about saying how cold we are all winter long. Anyways, if you wear socks, you might not need quite so many blankets when crafting, but that is not really relevant – just a side note.
Alright, let’s get on to these Winter Solstice Lanterns.
To make these pretty lanterns we used:
- Mason Jars
- Wikki Stix
We started out by making some snowflakes out of Wikki Stix on our glass mason jars. We cut our Wikki Stix down into 3 small sticks. We crossed these over forming our 6 sided snowflake.
We then chopped some Wikki Stix even smaller to make the designs on each snowflake side. One of my little ones decided he wanted his lantern to look like a snowstorm, so he really went to town with the little bits of “snow”.
We found that the Wikki Stix stuck very well to the glass. It was cold in this farmhouse of ours (have I mentioned the coldness yet?) so we needed to hold the Wikki Stix to the glass for a moment, melting them a bit to the glass with our fingers.
Once they were stuck on they stayed put! I was tempted to leave our Winter Lanterns just like this, as they looked quite pretty, but I had already mentioned painting, and a certain little one of mine LOVES painting, so painting was going to happen.
For one lantern we painted it with normal strokes, which left stroke lines on the glass. I am sure if you did many coats of paint these lines would disappear. But for the other lanterns my boys dotted the paint on and it left a neat, textured design on the jar.
Once the paint dried we tied on some twine, though yarn would work as well. Then we simply popped in a candle and our lanterns were set!
The kids have been having a wonderful time taking them outside to wonder in the black of night (you know, at 5:00 pm). Oh dear. Seems I am yo-yoing a little throughout this post … “Does she like the coziness of winter? Does she despise the darkness? Can’t seem to figure this lady out!”
Well, one thing I DO know is that I love winter crafting. Winter itself is a bit of a conundrum, but the crafting is pretty magical.
I hope you and yours love this Winter Lantern Solstice and make a few to warm up your chilly evenings. I would also like to thank Wikki Stix for sponsoring this post – and for this awesome GIVEAWAY:
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