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5 Lanterns You Can DIY for the Mid-Autumn Festival!

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As the Mid-Autumn Festival nears, we get excited about basking under the moonlight while savouring mooncakes with family and friends. Another symbolic tradition we still practice today is walking around with beautiful lanterns! Here are five lanterns you can DIY while spending precious quality time as a family.

Fun with Animals

Materials you will need:

  • A4 coloured paper or recycled paper
  • Thin cardboard (retrieved from the end of a foolscap book or a clean cake box)
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Clean wooden chopsticks
  • String
  • Glue
  • Candle

Directions:

  1. Body of the lantern: Make diagonal folds on an A4 coloured paper, starting one corner and working your way to the end. Unfold and do the same thing to the opposite corner. This way, you can achiever regular diamond shapes throughout the paper.
  2. Decorate the paper according to what your child likes, think: animals, shapes, patterns, etc
  3. Roll up the paper and fasten the ends with double-sided tape. This will be the body of the lantern.
  4. Base of the lantern: On the piece of cardboard, trace the circumference of the rolled-up paper. Draw four rectangles outside of the circle and cut it out. (This will be the base of your lantern and the rectangles make it easier as they will be glued to the inner sides of the paper.) Use double-sided tape to attach the cardboard base to the body. 
  5. Handle of the lantern: Poke two holes at the top of the body – opposite each other. Stick a tape just above the holes to prevent tearing. Insert the string and tie the ends of it to the end of a chopstick. Use glue to secure. This becomes the handle of the lantern.
  6. Use some glue to attach the candle to the base of the lantern. Tip: due to the long body of the lantern, it is better to light the candle with another lighted candle instead of a lighter.
  7. Tip: Use any of your child’s old artwork to decorate the lantern, and voila! You’re done.

Oriental Fusion

Materials you will need:

  • A4 coloured paper (preferably two different colours)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Candle

Directions:

  1. Body of the lantern: Roll up one piece of paper and fasten the ends with double-sided tape.
  2. Fold another piece of paper into half. Sketch lines (with a pencil and ruler) perpendicular to the folded end, leaving about an inch from the other end of the paper.
  3. Use scissors to cut through the lines and this will coat the body of the lantern. Unfold and attach to the rolled-up paper using double-sided tape.
  4. Depending on how short or tall you want your lantern to be (and how puffy the exterior should look like), trim off excess paper from the body.
  5. Base of the lantern: Trace the circumference of the rolled-up paper on a piece of cardboard. Cut it out and attach to one end of the body.
  6. Handle of the lantern: Cut a strip of paper and paste it at the top of the body. Using glue, attach a candle to the base, and you are done. You can also add various different cut out designs like stars or use a glitter pen to make your lantern even more unique!

Cute As A Carton 

Materials you will need:

  • Milk carton (rinsed and dry)
  • Duct tape of different colours (the brighter, the better!)
  • Scissors
  • Pen knife (or something sharp enough to poke holes in the milk cartons)
  • LED-light candle
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • String
  • Clean wooden chopstick

Directions:

  1. Body of the lantern: Using a pencil and ruler, sketch rectangles of varying heights on the carton and using a penknife, cut the rectangles out.
  2. Use duct tape to cover the holes. Remember to use different colours for the best effect.
  3. Poke holes on the body for light to escape through.
  4. Handle of the lantern: Poke two holes at the top diagonal surface of the carton and insert a string through it. Wound the string around an end of a chopstick and use glue to secure.
  5. Attach the LED-light candle to the base of the body. (We use a LED-light candle for safety reasons.)

Stunning Decor

Materials you will need:

  • Origami paper (square-shaped)
  • Glue
  • Round paper lantern
  • Candle 

Directions:

  1. Body of the lantern: Using the origami paper, fold origami stars. (Amount should range from 90-100)
  2. Using the glue, carefully stick the stars to the outside of the paper lantern. Tip: Prior planning is important!
  3. Attach the candle to the base of the paper lantern and you are done! 

Big, Red & Bold

Materials you will need:

  • Coloured or recycled paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue / double-sided tape
  • String
  • Printer
  • Clean wooden chopstick

How to:

  1. Body of the lantern: Print out template on the coloured paper from here.
  2. Cut out the template. Using glue, attach the little tab at the far end to the other end, sticking it on the inner surface.
  3. Handle of the lantern: Poke a hole on the round surface of the tip of the template for the string to run through. Wind the string to the end of a chopstick.
  4. Decorate your lantern by drawing or painting on the lantern. Mission accomplished!

Have fun!

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