DIY: A Tutorial for Kids to Make Paper Lanterns

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Materials Required

  • 2 sheets of colorful papers. Both of contrast colors.
  • Double sided tape or stapler
  • Scissors


  • Begin by cutting out 2 strips of 1 inch width from one sheet and keep them aside. You can also cut one more strip if you want to use it as a handle.

  • Now take the other sheet and fold it in half. Then, start cutting slits from the folded edge to other end, but leave 1 inch margin at that end. So tell your kids to be careful, not to cut the edges. If your kids are too small to handle scissors or if they don’t have any previous experiences in cutting and crafting, you can draw straight lines with pencils on the paper. This will help them in cutting them straight and they won’t cross the border of the margin.

  • Now unfold the paper and roll it into a tube. It is now the duty of scissors or double sided tape to keep them in shape. So use any of them to keep the overlapped ends together. Teach your kids, how to use stapler if they are trying it for the first time.

  • Take the other sheet of paper, roll it and insert inside the lantern as shown in the picture.
  • You can finish making the lanterns by using the strips of paper which we cut in the beginning to decorate both the edges. You can also attach the third strip of paper (if you have) to hang them on the walls. Otherwise make it simple by placing it on the table or over the shelves.
  • Make sure to use flameless candles. Place them inside this paper lantern to make it glow in the dark.

May your kids enjoy this festive season by creating their masterpiece craft works. But do not forget to appreciate their efforts. Remember arts and crafts are good for their development and in promoting flexibility.

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