Easy Paper Lantern

Paper lanter
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  • 01 of 09

    Make this Fancy Paper Lantern

    How to Make a Paper Lantern
    How to Make a Paper Lantern.

    This paper lantern is easy to make and can be embellished to match any decor or to suit any occassion.

    • Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
    • Time Required: 10 minutes +
    The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumustances. For best results, read through all of these steps before you start making your paper lantern.

    Let's begin...

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  • 02 of 09

    Gathering The Supplies to Make a Paper Lantern

    Gathering The Supplies to Make a Paper Lantern
    Gathering The Supplies to Make a Paper Lantern.
    Before you start any project it is easiest to gather together all of the supplies. For this project you will need:
    • 1 Piece of Paper (You can use bond paper, construction paper, or even cardstock. For best results, use a piece approximately 8.5" x 11")
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Markers or Crayons (Optional)
    • Stapler or Tape
    Now we can start...
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  • 03 of 09

    Cutting The Lantern Handle

    Cutting The Lantern Handle
    Cutting The Lantern Handle.
    Use the ruler and make a straight line about 3/4" away from one of the 6.5" long edges. Cut this strip off and set it aside to be the lantern handle.
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  • 04 of 09

    Folding and Marking

    Folding and Marking the Paper
    Folding and Marking the Paper.
    Next, fold the piece of paper in half, lengthwise, making sure you line up all the edges. If your paper has a 'right' and 'wrong' side, you will want to make sure the wrong side (the side that will be on the inside of your lantern) facing out at this point. Draw a line along the open, long edge, of the paper, about 3/4" of an inch from the edge.
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  • 05 of 09

    Cutting the Lantern Strips

    Cutting the Lantern Strips
    Cutting the Lantern Strips.
    Now, take your scissors and, starting at the folded edge, cut a strip from the folded edge up to the line you drew. Make the first strip about 3/4" away from one of the short edges and continue to cut several strips along the piece of paper like shown in the picture above.
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  • 06 of 09

    Re-Folding the Lantern

    Re-Folding the Lantern
    Re-Folding the Lantern.
    Once all your strips are cut, you should unfold your piece of paper and refold it lenghthwise so the pencil mark will be hidden on the inside.
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  • 07 of 09

    Decorating the Lantern

    Decorating the Paper Lantern
    Decorating the Paper Lantern.
    If desired, you can now color or embellish the outside of the lantern.
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  • 08 of 09

    Assembling the Lantern

    Assembling the Lantern
    Assembling the Lantern.
    To assemble the lantern simply roll the paper into a tube shape as shown in the photo above and staple or tape the edges together.
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  • 09 of 09

    Adding the Handle

    Adding the Handle to the Paper Lantern
    Adding the Handle to the Paper Lantern.
    Finally, using the strip you cut of the paper in step 3, attach the handle by taping or stapling the ends of the strip of the paper just inside the top of the lantern.

    Your completed lanterns can be hung up or set on a table for decoration. These lanterns are only for decorative purposes and should not be used near open flames such as candles.