How to Make Paper Lanterns

Glowing Lantern

Make a glowing lantern with this technique.
Make a glowing lantern with this technique.

Light up the night with a glowing handmade lantern. Use one as a night-light, or make a whole bunch to light the way to your door.

What You'll Need:

  • 16 regular craft sticks
  • 1 sheet patterned tissue paper
  • Glow stick


  • Craft glue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Place a sheet of tissue paper on your work surface, printed side up. Smooth out all wrinkles.

Step 2: Beginning at the lower left corner of the paper, glue a craft stick along the bottom edge, lining up the stick with the bottom of the tissue paper. Glue a craft stick up along the left side, perpendicular to the bottom stick. Glue two more sticks to complete the square, making sure all the angles are square.

Arrange craft sticks as shown. Arrange craft sticks as shown.
Arrange craft sticks as shown.

Step 3: Glue on four more craft sticks to create another square that touches the right side of the one you just made. Repeat two more times so you have a total of four boxes in a row. Let dry.

Step 4: Trim the tissue paper that extends above the top edge of the squares. Also trim the right side of the paper 1/4 inch beyond the edge of the craft stick.

Step 5: Stand the shape on its side, and fold it into a cube shape without a top or bottom. Glue the tissue-paper flap to the first stick to secure the cube.

To make your lantern glow, place a lighted glow stick in the middle of the lantern. Never use a candle or fire of any sort, as the paper may burn.

Next, you'll learn how to make a star-studded paper luminary.

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