Create traditional paper lanterns in miniature size with our printable template. The finished lanterns can be hung on the Christmas tree with an LED candle inside or used as a mantlepiece decoration.
This easy kids craft is perfect for kids aged preschool and up, and makes great fine motor skill practice with simple cutting, folding and sticking together.
This craft was originally created in 2013 and has been updated and reshared for today’s audience.
You can’t beat the classics at Christmas time when it comes to crafting! Paper lanterns are a nostalgic craft I remember making – and loving – many time as a child.
This time we’ve made them in a miniature size – perfect for sitting a small 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 inside look so real.
I was happy to be able to share this much loved, simple and popular craft with my preschool-aged 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
• Paper 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 the scoring 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.
So easy! How adorable are these this kid-made ones?
Here they are lit up at night… so pretty!
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
- Make a complete nativity scene from paper
- Create eye-catching handprint silhouette Christmas art
- Kids will love decorating their own recycled cardboard ornaments with our set of printable Christmas shape templates