But there are good things about November too. Open fires and woolly tights, jacket potatoes and Sunday roasts and the dark evenings are perfect for brightening with candles and fairy lights. We've been making these simple paper lanterns for our mantelpiece.
In the morning we did wet-on-wet painting and left the paper to dry.
Cut the paper into in half to make a long strip (ours were 40cm long x 15cm high)
Fold a tab along the short length (you'll use this to glue the strip together) and then fold the strip into quarters
Cut out shapes inside each quarter - simple works best - sun, stars, moon, leaves.
Paste tissue paper on the inside so that it covers the cut-out shape.
Glue the tab to the other side to make a lantern.
Use a night light placed in a glass votive to make the lantern glow.