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While the days may be getting colder, you can’t argue that autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year. It’s also an inspiring time, perfect for getting stuck-in with various craft projects. Here is a fun one that the kids will love.

 

What you will need:

  • Dried autumn leaves in various colours and shapes
  • Grease-proof paper
  • Empty, round cheese boxes (e.g. Dairylea)
  • Stapler
  • Glue
  • Battery-operated tea light
  • Wire (optional)

 

 

What to do:

  1. Dry and press your leaves in advance between two books, ready for the craft project.
  2. Cut two sheets of grease-proof paper, wide enough to fit around the cheese box base. Cut to your desired height.
  3. Lie one of the sheets out flat (use a paperweight or substitute to hold it down) and, taking your glue, apply your leaves in a pattern. Tip: Be sure to leave plenty of wide gaps between the leaves, so as to get a good glow from your lamp.
  4. Apply glue to the entire second sheet of grease-proof paper, then press it down on to top of your decorated sheet. Keep between two books so that the glue takes as it dries.
  5. Take the sheet and wrap it around your cheese box, creating a base for the lamp. Staple the sheets around the base to create the lamp.
  6. Pop the other part of the cheese box on top. Do not glue this down, as you will need access to the inside in order to put in your tea light.
  7. If you wish to hang the lamp, add some wire and bend into a handle. Turn on your tea light, place it inside and watch your lamp glow into life.

 

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