A lantern was very important to Billy. He took it with him coon hunting each night. One night when Little Ann fell into the freezing river, Billy used the handle of his lantern to "fish" Little Ann onto the solid ice and help her get to safety.
Make a decorative lantern of your own.
|We used a sheet of lightweight metal that was 6 inches by 4 ¾ inches. Cut the top in a zig-zag pattern. The "v" goes 1¼ inch down from the top of the piece of metal|
|Next cut three windows. These rectangles are 1¼ inches wide by 2¼ inches tall.|
|With a hole punch cut three holes in the top of each point.|
|Bend the metal between each window and in at the top to form three triangles. Tape the open side and triangle shapes together with clear tape.|
|To make the bottom you must cut an equilateral triangle. Each side is 2 ¾ inches long.|
|Snip each corner off of the triangle.|
|Bend the sides of the triangle up. Next set the top section of the lantern into the base and tape all three sides together with clear tape.|
|Form a 1 inch ball out of clay. Stick a birthday candle in the clay.|
|Place the candle in the center of the lantern. Run a string through the three holes at the top of the lantern to hang it by.|