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July Fourth craft: Star-spangled luminarias

Children will enjoy putting together this Fourth of

Children will enjoy putting together this Fourth of July craft from Spoonful.com. (Credit: Handout)

These festive, patriotic luminarias make the perfect decorations around your yard whether you're enjoying a Fourth of July family barbecue or watching the fireworks. The tissue paper stars will cast a red and blue glow to light up your night. Here are directions from Spoonful.com on how to make Star-Spangled Luminarias with your kids.

What you need
-Cardboard
-Tissue paper, red and blue
-Brown-paper lunch bags
-Star-shaped sticks and star punch
-Glue stick
-Sand
-Tea lights or votive candles

How to make it
1. Cut a star from cardboard (about 2 1/2 inches from point to point) and use it as a template to cut other stars from red and blue tissue paper.

2. Glue the stars to the insides of the lunch bags with a dab or two from a glue stick. For a bit more pop, add other small star-shaped stickers on the inside and perforate the sides with a star paper punch.

3. Fill each bag with two to three inches of sand and sink a tea light or votive candle into the sand. Place the luminarias in a spot outside where you can keep an eye on them, and light the candles.

TIP FOR PARENTS: To avoid scorching your forearm, light a piece of uncooked spaghetti and use it to light the candles.

Tags: crafts , holidays

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