The holy month of Ramadan has started for Muslims around the world. For today’s #HVArtsDailyDose, we’ll make paper lanterns.

Lanterns have historical significance for the holiday. They were used to light the way while observing the moon, to help a Ramadan drummer wake up the neighborhood for their pre-day meal and performing nighttime prayers. 

Step 1. Fold a piece of card stock or construction paper in half, lengthwise. Use a ruler to draw lines from the fold, leaving an inch from the end of your line and the edge.  Leave about ¾ inch on each side. (Fig 1)

Step 2. Cut the paper on the lines.  Be sure to stop when the line ends — NOT through to the edge. (Fig 2)

Step 3. Unfold the paper and then, with the folded bump on the outside (sometimes called the mountain fold), turn the paper inward.

Step 4.  Staple at the top and bottom to keep it secure. (Fig 4)

Step 5. You now have a completed lantern ready to decorate!  You can paint them or embellish them with sequins.

Check out these finished lanterns from Pinterest for ideas.

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