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easy winter lantern craft for kids

Winter Paper Lantern Craft

Make a simple paper lantern craft to brighten up those cold winter days.
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Keyword: easy, lantern, Winter
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Author: Kate Williams


  • Scissors
  • Staples
  • Stapler
  • A reusable plate


  • Blue card
  • Silver, blue or white paint
  • Cotton wool (optional)


  • Cut a strip from one side of your cardboard.
    how to make a handle for a paper lantern
  • Decorate the larger piece of card using finger painting, cotton wool dabbed in paint (poured onto the plate first) or whatever way your child would like to decorate it.
  • Once the paint is dry fold the card in half length ways with the painted side on the outside.
  • Cut strips into the card around an inch apart from the folded over side towards the open side but leaving room at the end.
  • Open up the card and staple the two shorter ends together.
  • Staple the thin part of card that was cut off earlier across the top to make a handle.


It is, of course, totally possible to make lanterns using paper rather than card however for this craft we've gone for card as it's a bit sturdier.
Tried this?Mention @craftsonsea - we'd love to see and maybe share it!