Here are some fun mini paper lanterns kids can make using our printable template.
Paper lanterns are a classic craft I remember making – and loving – many times as a child. This time we’ve made them in a miniature size perfect for sitting a little LED candle inside (I would not recommend using real candles for obvious reasons). They give a happy Christmas glow on the shelf where they sit, and the pretend candles look so real. I was happy to be able to share this much loved, simple and popular craft with my girls, who are proud of the lanterns they made almost all by themselves. Here is how we made them…
How to make Mini Paper Lanterns
You will need
• Lantern template printed out on paper or card stock (card stock is best but paper will do)
• double sided tape
• Decorative (washi) tape
• milk bottle lids (one per lantern)
• butter knife, cutting mat and metal ruler for scoring
• LED tealight candles (optional)
- I recommend scoring the fold lines before making the lanterns. To do this use a blunt butter knife to make a dent in it along the fold lines with a metal ruler. This will make it much easier to fold and give the lantern clean lines when finished. Then fold both forwards and backwards on the lines you’ve just scored. Big kids could obviously do this part themselves but for younger kids like mine you will need to do it for them. It will make their lantern-making fun go a bit smoother and it will work better for them.
- Cut the rectangle shape of the lantern out and then fold in half and cut along the black lines. Unfold and you have the makings of your lantern.
- Put double sided tape around the outside of a standard milk bottle cap.
- Wrap the paper lantern around the milk bottle cap and stick in place. You can use a small pice of double sided tape to stick at the top also. Then stick a strip of the washi tape around the base and top for decoration and to give it extra strength. To make the handle stick a piece of washi tape over the strip marked “handle” on the template, cut it out and attach to the lantern with double sided tape.
How adorable is this kid-made one?
Doesn’t it take you back?
More Christmas printables for you:
• Make some colourful and fun mini paper angels
• Here is a printable Christmas drawing prompt advent calendar to get the kids thinking creatively
• Kids will love these 24 fascinating Christmas facts
• Here are 25+ fun free Christmas Printables
There are tons more ideas on our Christmas Printables board on Pinterest too