Star Spangled Luminaries

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These festive luminaries let you light up the night right in your own front yard. Be sure that an adult takes care of the lighting of the candles.

What you will need:

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

Directions for the project-Cut a star from cardboard and use it as a template to cut other stars from red and blue tissue paper. The star can be whatever size you want. Glue the stars that you cut from the tissue paper to the insides of lunch bags with a dab or two from a glue stick. If you wish to really jazz up your luminaries you can add other small star-shaped stickers on the inside and perforate the sides with a star paper punch. Fill each of the bags with 2 to 3 inches of sand and sink a tea light or votive candle into the sand. Place the luminaries in a spot outside where you can keep an eye on them, and 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.

Tip-To avoid scorching your forearm you can light a piece of uncooked spaghetti and use it to light the candles.