Step 1: Let the children draw a design with black permanent marker.
Step 2: Color with crayons. I used a special crayon for construction paper that gives a little more sheen.
The best red wash I know of is the Stockmar paints.
Step 3: Paint a wash of red watercolor over the entire paper.
Paint every white place! Let it dry.
Another student's work.
Step 4: Fold the paper in half. Cut slits 1" thick.
Step 5: Open up the paper and connect both ends to form the lantern - overlapping a little. Staple at top and bottom. Push down lightly to create a fuller lantern.
Step 6: Hole punch two holes at the top of the lantern.
Step 7: Tie red yarn on to create hanging string.
Step 8: Cut red copy paper into 1" x 11" strips. Staple to top edge and bottom edge.
Hang where ever you wish to spread a happy smile!