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How to Make Floating Paper Lanterns

    • 1). Cut a 12-inch by 12-inch piece of 1-inch-thick Styrofoam using either a pocketknife or a razor knife. The razor knife may make a cleaner cut. This type of white Styrofoam is sold in a 4-foot-by-8-foot piece and will yield 32 1-foot square pieces.

    • 2). Unfold one of the paper lunch bags and pour two cups of regular sand into the bag. The sand is used for ballast in the floating lantern and to hold the votive candle in place.

    • 3). Squirt a small dab, 1-inch round, of the silicone in the middle of the piece of Styrofoam.

    • 4). Place the sand-filled bag centered on the Styrofoam and gently push downward to seat the bag. You may want to let this cure for about a half hour, but it is not necessary.

    • 5). Take the votive candle and insert it into the center of the bag by pushing it into the sand. The sand will hold around the candle, keeping it from tipping over.

    • 6). Light the candles with the long-handled matches. The longer wooden match will help in keeping you from burning the side of the bag--and perhaps your fingers.

    • 7). Launch the floating paper lantern and enjoy the reflection, not only from the water's surface but also the white Styrofoam.

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