A great quick an easy paper lantern DIY tutorial to do with the kids. My daughter likes making teeny tiny ones for her cuddly toys and my boys make huge ones out of a3 paper!


  • as many as you need - 1 per lantern - coloured paper / thin card
  • a little glue
  • a pair of scissors


  1. First cut a strip of the shorter side of your paper for the handle
  2. Now fold the sheet of paper in half
  3. Cut thin strips across the fold (some people choose to mark out a line so all the incisions line up)
  4. Unfold and turnover
  5. curl into a cylinder and tape the edges
  6. glue or tape in your handle


I did this once with lots of different coloured papers then hung all the lanterns on string across the garden for a party decoration - it looked so cute!

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    • 13 Feb 2014
      4:13 pm

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  • I can remember myself doing those at school.


  • I haven’t made these in years :)


  • Awww, I remember these so fondly as a kid. A great craft activity for lockdown and kids could decorate the house to look really bright and pretty.


  • This is really easy to make. Nice activity for kids.


  • I think my son will definitely like this as it involves cutting and gluing.. will keep him busy during lockdown


  • Aww simple and so fantastic when finished. My dad loved making these with us.


  • I remember making these as a child! I will have to show my son ????


  • My kids love making paper laterns!


  • I remember making these at school! They look great, hopefully my 2 year old has as much as I will!


  • Great fun to have with the kids. Thank you for the design and memories from my childhood.


  • I use to make the paper lantern when l was young.love it!


  • We used to make these in red and green for Christmas decorations. Thanks for the instructions.


  • yes so many people made this lantern at school, pretty awesome hey


  • I remember making these lanterns at school!


  • Really very nice idea! Thanks for sharing this!


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