Star-Spangled Luminarias

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Star-Spangled Luminarias
Total Time 1 hour Ages preschooler

Can't get to the fireworks? These festive luminarias let you light-up the night in your own front yard.

What you'll need

  • Cardboard
  • Tissue paper, red and blue
  • Brown-paper lunch bags
  • Star-shaped stickers and star punch
  • Sand
  • Tea light or votive candles

How to make it

  1. Star-Spangled Luminarias - Step 1

    Cut a star from cardboard (ours was 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 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 2 to 3 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.)
    From inside the bags, the tissue paper stars will cast a red and blue glow guaranteed to shine on long after the twilight's last gleaming.

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