3 Easy Lantern Making Ideas For Kids


Lantern making is always a fun activity to get kids involved productively and their creative juices flowing creatively. It is also a great way to get children engaged in decorating the house for various festivals and functions. They feel super happy and proud seeing their hand-made lanterns hanging everywhere high and bright. In Montessori schools art teachers encourage children to use different materials to make lanterns as it enhances their creativity and makes them feel confident to express their ideas and thoughts creatively.

Hand-made Lantern Ideas for Children :

Listed below are some easy-to-make lantern ideas that children of all ages can make. To motivate them, you can even make these together with your little ones.

Pyramid Lantern : These lanterns look awesome and will brighten up your home instantly during celebrations or a fun-get-together.

Materials :
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Color pencils
  • Sketch pens
  • Paper puncher
  • Tape
  • Battery operated candle
Method :
  • First, draw a triangle on a piece of paper and cut it out. This is the template.
  • Ask your child to color the paper and then using the template draw four triangles attached on the backside of the colored sheet.
  • Cut out these four triangles together and tape the ends together.
  • Use a punching machine to punch some holes in the pyramid.
  • Place the paper pyramid on top of the battery-operated candles.

Sphere Lantern : In the City of Industry, CA preschools children love making this lantern as it is super easy and it can be a colorful d├ęcor in their room.

Materials :
  • 2-3 thin colored chart papers
  • Glue
  • Thumb pins
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
Method :
  • First, decide on the size of your lantern and cut different colored strips of paper.
  • Arrange the strips, one on top of the other, alternating between each color.
  • Attach them carefully with a thumb pin.
  • Follow the same on the other side of too and spread the strips to form a sphere shape.
  • Tie a ribbon on top and hang it on the balcony.

Plastic Cup Lantern : Montessori teachers prefer this lantern to be made at home by their students as the materials for this are easily available at home.

Materials :
  • Transparent plastic glass
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper puncher
  • String
  • Battery operated candle
Method :
  • First, make designs on the glass with paint.
  • Then make two holes on opposite sides at the top of the glass.
  • Insert the string across the holes and tie it up.
  • Put battery-operated candlelight inside the glass and hang it.