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Jack-O-Lantern November 4, 2012

The boys and I had grand plans to make jack-o-lantern, lanterns for our Halloween camping weekend. It was so windy and rainy that weekend, we couldn’t even put out our awning on our camper to hang the lanterns from. The weather has been so crummy here lately. I had to chuckle when Katie and I were recapping our Halloween experiences. She actually said ‘The weather was pretty good at our place. It only drizzled a little bit.’ Ha! We think it’s GREAT when it drizzles a little bit!!! Thaaaaat’s Michigan for ya, but I wouldn’t want to be any other place.

I also realize this post is a bit late, but you could look at it as either a bit late or way early for next year 🙂

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You will need:

  • Orange balloons or punch balls
  • Smaller glow sticks (preferably orange)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Black markers (permanent markers works best, washable markers tend to make a mess) or black paper/foam (for pumpkin face)
  • Glue stick
  • Tape
  • Optional – wire tie

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  1. Attach ribbon to glow stick, break glow stick so it illuminates. When cutting your ribbon, make sure you allow for enough ribbon to have the glow stick on the inside of the balloon and also have enough ribbon to hang your lantern. So make your ribbon pretty long.
  2. Fit balloon over glow stick.
  3. Blow up balloon. You’ll look really funny trying to position your lips around the string – the kids will get a laugh.
  4. Suspend glow stick inside balloon so it hangs in the center.
  5. Tie off balloon or use a twist tie to close balloon. Note: by using a twist tie, this can allow you to insert a new glow stick the next night.
  6. Decorate balloon with black markers or black paper/foam to create your jack-o-lantern face. We did both (markers and paper) and they both turned out well. My youngest liked the marker technique best. I think he just liked the idea that I let him color with a permanent black marker.
  7. Hang lantern from ribbon.

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I also thought this lantern techique would be fun to do for other occassions like 4th of July or a summer bar-b-que (minus the jack-o-lantern face). For 4th of July – red, white and blue balloons would work well. Brightly colored balloons could be used for a summer bar-b-que or red and white to go along with a picnic theme.

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