How to Make Paper Lanterns

Paper Lanterns look so gorgeous that they will remind you of your school craft projects. They are super fun to make and are amazing excuse to enjoy time with your children. You can use some funky and colorful Paper Lanterns within few minutes and can use them to decorate your house or school during various functions. Moreover, suggesting your kids to make paper lanterns at their art projects is not a b ad idea at all. Making a paper lantern is one among the healthy and cost-effective activities to engage your child.

Things required:

– Piece of paper – chart or origami papers are preferred
– Pair of sharp scissors
– Lead pencil
– Scale / ruler
– Stapler, glue or adhesive
– Art punching machine (optional)
– Thread (optional)
– Glitter (optional)
– Ribbons (optional)


  • 1

    Take a piece of chart paper or an origami paper and fold it half – vertically.

  • 2

    Grab a pencil and scale and start drawing straight lines from the fold, leaving about an inch space from the end of the edge and your line.

  • 3

    Now use a sharp scissor to cut the lines, stopping when the lines end and not going beyond the edges.

  • 4

    Unfold the paper

  • 5

    Now attach the ends of the unfold paper, using  a sturdy adhesive, glue, or a transparent tape - with the cuts in vertical direction.

  • 6

    Your Paper Lantern is almost ready; cut a long strip out of remaining papers and attach it to staple it to your paper lantern.

  • 7

    Repeat the above steps to make a nice collection of your paper lanterns.

  • 8

    It is the time to decorate them in order to give them more eye-catching finishing touch. Pick an art punching machine and produce your favorite shapes with it. Now glue the shapes to the paper lanterns and add colorful ribbons on the top and bottom, using glue. You can also use some glitter to decorate your paper lanterns. In short, you can decorate them the way you like.

  • 9

    Now if you want to swing your paper lanterns, then simple insert thread into the handles and hang them. Otherwise, place them on a table.

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