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How to Make an Easy Homemade Lantern

Homemade Lanterns

A great craft project for any occasion and they look fantastic.

A great craft project for any occasion and they look fantastic.

What You Will Need to Make Your Lantern

Seven Simple Materials are all that is Needed for Your Lantern

You Need

three long sticks

five short sticks

a length of plastic covered bendable wire

battery operated tealight or glowstick

tissue paper (white or coloured)

pva glue mixed with water (non toxic and non staining)

Various thin sticks to decorate the sides

a sponge

scissors

Making A Homemade Lantern

Here are the instructions to make a easy homemade lantern in around 30 minutes. I have included a step by step photograph guide to make it even easier. Most of the materials are already in the house and the wooden sticks can be found outside.

The glow sticks or battery operated candles are easily accessible and can be bought from local shops or online at Amazon. Easy and fun to make, and looks awesome.

First Make a Triangle with 3 short Sticks

Secure with masking tape.

Secure with masking tape.

How to Make the Basic Lantern Frame

Take three short sticks and form a triangle shape. Join the ends securely with masking tape.

Make a Cross Shape across the Triangle

Use masking tape to secure the cross shape across your triangle.

Use masking tape to secure the cross shape across your triangle.

Making a Base to Hold your Candle

Use two short sticks secured by masking tape to form a cross shape across your triangle.

Making and Securing a Candle Holder

Plastic covered wire can be shaped to make a perfect candle holder.

Plastic covered wire can be shaped to make a perfect candle holder.

Making a Candle Holder

Use plastic covered wire to make a circular shape then use the wire end to keep it closed. Make four five inch pieces of wire coming out from the circle. One at the top, bottom and also both sides. Secure the four pieces of wire to each part of your cross at the base of the lantern.

Put the 3 longer sticks upward to form a pyramid shape

Secure at the top with masking tape.

Secure at the top with masking tape.

Making the Pyramid Shape

Now use three long sticks to go upwards from your three triangle corners and to meet in the middle. This creates a pyramid shape. As before secure firmly with masking tape.

Decorate Your Lantern

Use circled or straight sticks to pattern your lantern.

Use circled or straight sticks to pattern your lantern.

Creating a Pattern on Your Lantern

Use thin sticks to either make circular shapes or straight lines across your lantern sides. Attach the sticks with masking tape.

Be creative and let the patterns flow.

Cover the Whole Lantern Frame

Use your tissue paper to cover the gaps.

Use your tissue paper to cover the gaps.

Covering Your Lantern

Use white tissue paper to cover your lantern. Use a sponge to soak the paper with a water/pva glue mix. Put the sheet over the lantern frame till it is completely covered.

The Finishing Touches

When your paper has dried, you just need to put in the light. Use either a battery operated tealight or a glowstick. For safety reasons these lanterns are NOT suitable for using real candles. Also for safety reasons and even though it is battery operated candles in your lantern, do not leave your lanterns on unattended.

Now you have your very own really arty and cool glowing lantern.

Use Glowsticks or Battery Operated Tealights

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Lots of Different Choices

There are no limits. You can make more than one lantern and use different coloured glow sticks for a multicoloured effect. Or by using different coloured tissue paper you can completely change the lantern. The plain white lanterns are my favourite as they give off a shining white glow.

There is no limit to the possibilities. Just remember the most important thing is to have lots of fun.

Let There Be Light

Once the paper has dried, insert either a battery operated tealight or glow stick.

Once the paper has dried, insert either a battery operated tealight or glow stick.

Good for the Kids and Adults too

As well as providing fun for the kids this lantern allows them to make decisions and also exercise their artistic skills.

They learn the value of using natural resources and off course they can take great pride in showing everyone their brilliant finished product!

For those with no kids in the house. This lantern is also a great adult craft project. It is great fun and in our modern, busy world it can provide a small oasis of creative, relaxing time within your hectic day.

The Finished Product

Your brilliant homemade lantern.

Your brilliant homemade lantern.

Lanterns for Xmas, New Year and Birthdays and Halloween

This lantern is very versatile and can be modified to suit all occasions. Plain white lanterns are suitable for all the different holidays and by changing any images you stick on you can customise your lantern for almost any occasion.

So keep crafting with those sticks and paper all year round. Thus keeping your own little space always filled with a warming glowing light.

Happy Crafting

Enjoy Your Creative Holidays

Enjoy Your Creative Holidays

What is Your Favourite Holiday?

© 2013 Anna Haven

Comments

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on December 06, 2014:

Hi DJ :)

I miss you too. The most surprising thing I have found about writing online is how you find friendship and a connection with some people, so far away. I always like your wise and witty words.

I have been writing my paranormal tale so I haven't abandoned my writing, it has just been kind of quietly ticking along . I haven't really been on Hubpages as I just haven't had very much free time recently.

The good news after the referendum is that as a nation we are all still very politicised and the early signs for next year's election are very encouraging.

I had checked when I logged in, to see if you had written anything and I noticed you hadn't. Your novel sounds intriguing and a real labour of love. Your research must be extensive and exhausting. When you finally hold your finished... back breaking, painstaking and ultimately beautiful piece of work in your hands it will be an amazing feeling.

We are doing the tree and decorations today. :) Thank you, and Happy Christmas to you too. x

DJ Anderson on December 05, 2014:

Hi, Anna,

Wanted to say, "Hello". Been missing you.

I do understand that you needed some time to get over the loss for your

nation's freedom. A disappointment this great takes some time to get

back on that horse and continue your life's journey.

I don't publish much these days. Work on my novel takes up most of my time. It has been two years, and I am still pounding the computer keyboard. LOL

Here's wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

DJ.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on December 05, 2014:

Hi FlourishAnyway

Thank you very much for reading and commenting. I think you could create a myriad of effects with different mediums. :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on October 22, 2014:

Hi Anna,

What a wonderful hub showing us how to make something in sequence, and that is what I need anymore.

Such a lovely addition to any celebration and thanks for sharing.

Bobbi Purvis

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 21, 2014:

Very cool craft project. I like that you start with "natural" materials. It would be neat to experiment with different types of tissue paper or even cellophane.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on December 29, 2013:

Hi poetryman6969

That sounds a good idea. It would be good to see how

they look as Laura said. :)

Thank you for reading.

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on December 23, 2013:

poetryman6969, it'd be awesome! What a way to be festive--and frugal and fun/crafty at the same time! Send us photos or write an article if you do it--I'd love to see what you come up with and how it looks! :-) Cheers!

poetryman6969 on December 22, 2013:

This could be cool for the Chinese Lantern festival

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 16, 2013:

Thank you JPS0138. They are great fun to make too.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 16, 2013:

Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment Kathryn :)

It is fun to do even without kids there; messy, crafty and it turns out all pretty in the end.

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 12, 2013:

A great idea for the upcoming season. I will certainly try this out.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on November 07, 2013:

What a cool idea! I don't have kids, but if I did, I would definitely be trying this project out!

Glow sticks are abundant around October, and are sold very inexpensively around Halloween. I worked at an arts and crafts supply store, and we always had box after box to try to stock on the sales floor, and they're very popular.

Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great day!

~ Kathryn

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 07, 2013:

Hi Laura Schneider

I am sorry I thought I had replied to your comment but it seems to have disappeared!

We use child friendly paper glue. I think any paper glue would be suitable.

Thank you very much for your kind comment and again sorry for the delay in response :)

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 07, 2013:

Thank you very much epbooks for reading and commenting. It is a fun project to undertake.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 07, 2013:

After Halloween and Bonfire night in my house it is time for Christmas. We usually manage to prepare for it, for a good six weeks :)

Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on November 05, 2013:

What a fun and creative way to spend an afternoon. Love this idea!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 05, 2013:

What a creative idea! I like this for all the reasons you state - you do not have to spend a lot of money to make this and you can use wooden sticks from nature. This is fun for kids to make during the holiday season and something that can keep them busy when they are inside because of inclement weather. I see you are in the holiday spirit also! LOL

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 01, 2013:

Thank you very much for reading Lisa and for your kind comment.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on November 01, 2013:

Thank you very Faith Reaper. They are great fun to make :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 31, 2013:

Awesome lanterns. Excellent hub of creative fun to be had by all for sure!

Up and more

Blessings, Faith Reaper

LKMore01 on October 31, 2013:

Anna,

This idea is so creative. You explain the process so well. Excellent article.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 29, 2013:

Hi Troyangeluk. Good name! Yes they are quite adaptable to the occasion. Thank you for taking the time to read and for commenting :)

Troyangeluk from UK on October 28, 2013:

This is actually a very cool project to do with the kids :), these look like they could also be used for many other things than haloween, nice work.

Laura Schneider from Minnesota, USA on October 27, 2013:

Great project! What brand of glue do you recommend using? I wasn't familiar with the acronym you used :-( --I'm a crafty geek, not the other way around. LOL I can't wait to try this fun project! Love the results--great photos and helpful, too!

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thanks Nell :)

They are good fun to make, especially putting the paper on.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thank you Joelle. The theme park sounds great. I have candles burning in my house everyday as I love them. Alas this lantern just would not be fire safe.

The Halloween party isn't till Thurs so everyone is exercising patience :)

You have a great weekend and Halloween too when it comes.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on October 26, 2013:

Looks like a fun project, especially this time of year! Voting up and awesome and sharing this one.

Nell Rose from England on October 26, 2013:

That is so clever! Oh I want one now! lol! I love it when something that looks so beautiful and clever is easy enough for me to tackle! voted up and shared! Awesome!

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on October 26, 2013:

Hi Anna!

I would prefer anything than real candles because I am always afraid of fire especially with children! But I remember once, I was in a very special amusement park and in the evening they decorated the trails with pierced paper bags (so the little holes would give a design with the light) and a real tea light candle in each bag. We were few thousand people walking through those trails and everything was just fine.

It's very kind of you of looking if I had published something similar .... but even if it were the case, I think we would have each of us had our individuality in our projects :-)

I suppose your children must be on pins and needles with all the preparations for Halloween.... and waiting for the big night!

Enjoy the anticipation of your children.... they grow up fast :-)

Have a great weekend and a fantastic Halloween :-)))

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Hi WiccanSage

Thankyou for reading and commenting. I am glad you like them :)

Mackenzie Sage Wright on October 26, 2013:

Those are just really cool. Nice work, thanks for the tutorial.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thank you very much Mhatter99 for reading and for commenting.

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thank you very much Frank. It was fun :)

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thank you CrisSp.

I love decorating the house and all the holidays :)

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thank you DJ. I was only the apprentice, they were the arty ones :)

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Hi Joelle

I actually checked your page before publishing to make sure you didn't have anything similar on. Definitely battery operated, I think it would go up in flames with a real candle.

Your paint for black light sounds really cool.

Thank you :) We are now offically Halloweened up in my house. You have a good weekend too :)

Anna Haven (author) from Scotland on October 26, 2013:

Thank you Bill. You have a great weekend too :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 26, 2013:

Thank you for this.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on October 26, 2013:

it looks ;like a great deal of fun too :) voted up and useful :)

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 25, 2013:

Anything inexpensive...I'm in specially seasonal stuff! :) This is very creative!

Passing it long!

DJ Anderson on October 25, 2013:

Oh, Anna, you are so creative. I'll bet the kids love helping to make this.

You gave an excellent presentation and the instructions were clear and would be very easy to follow. I would never have thought of the plastic covered wire to form a holder for the light. Ingenious!

I enjoyed watching the progress of the lanterns being built and then covered with the paper, and finally, the finished product.

Your kids have an awesome Mom!

DJ.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on October 25, 2013:

Great Halloween project, Anna! Are you using real candles or LED candles? If you use LED candle, you could paint the light according to the season .... definitely orange for Halloween :-)

I just experimented a project with "glow in the dark" paint and it was quite good; I want to try the same project using a paint that react with black light. Always experimenting to see what works best :-)

Thanks for sharing this nice project! It's different, original and the end product is very nice! I just love it!

Have a great weekend.... probably preparing for Halloween :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 25, 2013:

That is so cool! You creative people always leave me feeling lacking. I would have never thought of this in a million years. My mind just does not work that way. Thanks for a great idea. I'll pass it on to Bev and maybe we'll give it a try this year.

Have a great weekend Anna!

bill

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