Put this luck lantern on your table on the night of the first new moon of the Chinese New Year to bring your family good luck.
What You'll Need:
Empty soup can
Small red candle
Remove the label and wash and dry the can. Draw the Chinese character for luck on the can with permanent marker, either four times evenly spaced or many times in smaller characters. Leave the lower quarter of the can blank.
Fill the can with water and freeze. When the water is frozen, take the can from the freezer, and (with adult help) use the hammer and a nail to punch holes to outline the characters. If the ice starts to melt, put the can back in the freezer until it is solid again.
When the holes are all punched, let the ice melt. Fill the bottom of the can 1/4-full of sand. Put the candle in the sand.
There's even more fun to be had this Chinese New Year. Learn how to create your own drum that will usher in the sounds of the season.