How to Make Your Own Paper Lantern

There are so many things beginning with the letter 'l' and a couple of these we've even covered on our blog already namely 'ladybird' and 'leaves'. So when it came to the  #ABC123Challenge  with Karen of Two Tiny Hands we thought we'd come up with something different. This one reminds me of viewing a 'Watch with Mother' video tape as a child. So our choice for l is lantern an easy make unless you aren't familiar with scissors!

How to Make Your Own Paper Lantern


When I was first blessed by the presence of my daughters I was led to debate whether I should keep hold of or part with my arts and crafts. I chose to hold on to much of it and I'm so pleased I did for I'm now using it with my girls. This is one such make created from our arts and crafts stash.



How to Make Your Own Paper Lantern

To Create Your Own Paper Lantern You Will Need:

  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape ie. double sided
How to Make Your Own Paper Lantern

Now for the Fun Part

For this paper lantern I asked my eldest to pick out some paper of her choice from a paper pad I had and then I set to work. I created a handle by placing a ruler across the paper and running a pencil along the bottom before cutting the strip of paper out. Then I set this aside to return to later.

Taking the remaining paper I folded it together and cut half way up the paper all the way a long. I did ask my daughter whether she could cut a straight line but she ended up making a curve. Using the scissors takes some practice to master the skill when you are little and I'm not worried she's not mastered it yet.

Once the paper had looked like I had created a fringe we folded it out and folded the paper into the lantern shape. Once happy with this we added double sided tape to keep the shape and added the handle to the top. Tucking the ends in at the top and fixing them down with double sided tape.

Have you ever tried to make a paper lantern?


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Comments

  1. That looks fantastic, and great for practising scissor skills! x #MMBC

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  2. I used to make this when I was a child, but had forgotten all about it, thanks for the memory #familyfun@_karendennis

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  3. This is so awesome! #bigpinklink

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  4. Aww! That is so pretty! I remember making lanterns like that when I was in school x #MMBC

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  5. I love the decorative paper you've used! It's gorgeous! I'm doing the ABC123challenge too. I remember making these lanterns at school. Although we used faded sugar paper ;) #familyfunlinky

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  6. It's very pretty and I love you involve her in the whole process.#MMBC

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  7. This looks like fun. My daughter loves anything craft or art based, so I will have to suggest this to her as a Weekend afternoon project. Thanks for sharing

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  8. I can remember making paper lanterns like this. I love the paper that you've chosen, how beautiful. x
    #MMBC

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  9. Great craft idea - thanks for sharing #globalblogging

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  10. I used to make these for chines new year when I was a childminder #bigpinklink

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  11. Love the patterned paper but I think I would get the children to design their own to extend the activity #dreamteam

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  12. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I'm not the arty-crafty mum but I would love to give this a shot:)
    #TriumphantTales

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  13. I'm coming back through with #GlobalBlogging

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  14. What a beautiful lantern! Thank you for sharing this with #TriumphantTales, I hope you can join me again on Tuesday :)

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  15. What a great idea! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  16. This is so pretty! I used to love doing this sort of thing at school #familyfunlinky

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  17. AAAH I used to love making these! Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG x

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  18. Those are fabulous. So much fun and simple to make xx

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