Paper lanterns are a fun craft to make for various occasions; we’ve made them for the Mid-Autumn Festival (also known as the Moon Festival) in the lunar calendar used in the Chinese and Vietnamese cultures, and there are many similar celebrations in other cultures.
Making a simple lantern is easy! All you need is a sheet of paper, scissors, and some tape or staples. You can follow along with the instructions in the video below to get a good idea of how it’s done: Fold your piece of paper down the middle of the longest side, and once that’s done, cut strips into the folded side. Then, unfold the paper and roll the paper into a cylinder: Presto, you have a lantern. Remember to cut off a strip of paper to make a handle, too!
If you have square milk containers or juice containers on hand, you can also cut holes in those to make your lanterns—you can use a piece of string to make the handle.