Feb 14

Making Paper Lanterns

Follow our step-by-step instructions to make colorful paper lanterns for your home this holiday season! Not only are they fun and easy to make, you can use them to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Step 1: Take a piece of paper, and fold it in half lengthwise.

We recommend colorful construction paper, because of its durability and color possibilities.


Step 2: Cut 1 to 2 inch-long slits about one inch apart along the folded paper.

This will act as the filter the light will shine through. The longer the slits, the more floppy the lantern will be.


Step 3: Fold the two ends together so that it forms a tube, and staple together

We recommend that the parents complete this step, especially if your children are on the younger side. Staple the top and bottom of the tube, so that the lantern shape takes form.


Step 4: Make a handle

Take a thin strip of the same (or new!) construction paper, stapling it to the sides of the top of the lantern. Try out different paper to add colorful dimensions to your lantern.


Step 5: Add light!

Use a long electric candle inside your paper lantern by fitting it through the bottom. Make sure to turn it off after extended periods of time.


There you have it! We hope you enjoy this easy, fun way of making paper lanterns. If you have pictures you would like to show us, don’t hesitate to post them to our Facebook page.