Make Your Own Underground Railroad Lantern

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 Instructionsfor Making an Underground Railroad Lantern
 
1. If you are using a cardboard box, be sure to open the box at a seam so that it will lay flat on your work surface.
 

2. Draw a design, like a star shape, onto the sides of the cardboard you think will be inside the lantern.  You can use the star-shaped stencils for this.

3. Use the Exacto knife to cut out the design. 
 

4. Cut the “top” flaps off the box using the Exacto knife. 

 
5. Reconstruct the cardboard box by gluing the seam back together, and then creating the “bottom” of the box. You should have something that looks like a box with no top. 

 
6. Punch small holes in two of the box’s “sides” and thread wire, ribbon, or twine through. 
 
 
6. Punch small holes in two of the box’s “sides” and thread wire, ribbon, or twine through.  
 
7. Light the tea light and watch the light come through the star-shaped holes.  Make sure to blow out the tea light when you are done to avoid a fire hazard.

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