DIY Lanterns

THIS RAMADAN CELINE HAD A LANTERN MAKING COMPETITION IN SCHOOL AND SO WE MADE A STAINED WINDOW LANTERN THAT SHE TOOK. WE ENJOYED MAKING THE LANTERN SO MUCH THAT WE DECIDED TO MAKE A FEW OTHER LANTERN DESIGNS TO DECORATE OUR HOUSE.

Stained window Lantern

This was the lantern that we made for Celine’s school competition and since its a competition for the kids, I wanted her to do as much of the work as possible on this.

We started by cutting out the below outline from cardboard paper. For the windows, we cut out rectangles out of a plastic folder. Then using tissue paper cutouts and Mod Podge we created the stained glass design. After Celine colored the lantern cutout and the windows had dried up, we secured the windows in place using a hot glue gun. Finally, we glued the edges of the cardboard together and added a base for the lantern. We stuck an LED candle to the base of the lantern and cut out a small rectangle where the candle’s switch is to easily turn it on and off.

Finally, we added a handle to the top of the lantern decorated it with a black ribbon and glitter stars.

Picture Frame Lantern

This lantern is great for indoor or outdoor use. Its pretty cheap and easy to make and looks great. To make this lantern, I used cheap frames from IKEA but you can probably use any old frames but you have to make sure they are all the same size.

First step is to take the back of the frame along with the glass panel. Next, using rough sand paper I sanded the sides of each frame until all the paint came off. This helps the frames stick together better. Next I stuck the sides of the frames together. Once the glue had dried up, I cut out a base for the lantern out of thick cardboard and stuck it to the bottom of the frames using hot glue. I then reinforced the base with some craft sticks.

I made the top using thick cardboard paper that I scored in the middle so it would bend to create a roof shape. I then framed the roof using different craft sticks.  

Using some modeling clay, I filled in any gaps before I sprayed the whole thing with white paint. Once dried, I fixed in the glass panes in place and then attached the roof on top of the frames. Finally, I added some sparkle to to the roof using some craft crystals before adding an LED candle and some pebbles.

Craft Sticks Table Lantern

This table lantern was made using craft sticks, a piece of cardboard and a baking sheet. It is so simple to make and looks incredible on any surface.

You will need 2 types of craft sticks for this. Use the larger craft sticks as the legs and start sticking the thinner craft sticks on to the larger sticks but keep a space that fits a craft stick between each 2 craft sticks. The trick is to put the first side down and then lay 2 large craft sticks on top of it, then start sticking the thinner sticks in the gaps of the original side. That allows the sticks to slide in between each other when you attach all the sides together. Once the glue is dried up and you’ve attached all the sides together, cut out a cardboard paper to the exact size of the inside of the lantern so it can slide in place and then secure it with glue on the bottom of the lantern.

Finally, cut out a baking sheet paper to the exact size of the inside of the lantern and stick the paper in place using small amount of glue so it doesn’t show. Add LED light inside and brighten up any space in your home.

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