Making Farolitos

First you need the proper sustenance.

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We feasted on Aunt Barb’s biscotti, Grandma’s chocolate covered pretzels, Rachel’s English toffee, and Aunt Holly’s hot cocoa. (Thank you everyone! The packages have been wonderful!)

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Then, you need two small, insane little helpers. You know, sort of like Santa’s elves. Not that I’m saying that elves are insane, exactly, but you get the drift.

(Note: This ingredient is optional)

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Next, get yourself a stack of paper bags. Mucho paper bags. In our case, mucho means forty. Forty bags, forty farolitos.

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And candles… I almost forgot the candles. Mucho candles, too.

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Oh, and sand.

(Note: All ingredients required for this project were leftover from past farolito projects. Except for the daughters. And the snacks.)

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You fold down the tops of the bags. I’m not sure why, but you must do this. Dan said so.

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Then pour in the sand. We used about one cup per bag.

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Pour sand on table.

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Refill measuring cup with sand, using a baby spoon.

(Note: These last two steps are only necessary if you have the optional insane helpers.)

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Concentrate really hard.

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Eat snacks.

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Place a small votive candle in the center of each bag, on top of the sand.

(Note: This step is not pictured because we were getting frantic to move our helpers on to other things.)

In the end, your farolitos should look something like that… Tomorrow we’ll place them outside and light them, if the weather permits…

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