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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  • 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!


  • awwwww remembering school days !! so lovely


  • I remember making these as a child at school.


  • we use to make these at school … thanks for the reminder.


  • A tried and true favourite craft activity.


  • I remember making these as a kid. Think I should relive that childhood activity with my own little munchkins =)


  • Purchased lots of colourful paper for this project. Looking forward to making them closer to Christmas.


  • Always make these at Christmas; an old favourite!


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