How to Make Paper Lanterns

Paper Bag Luminary

Paper bag luminary
Paper bag luminary

The light shines through the shapes in this super-simple paper bag luminary.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 dark-colored paper bag
  • Yellow tissue paper
  • 2 small novelty flashlights with batteries
  • 12 inches of ribbon, 1/8 inch wide


  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Paper punch

Step 1: Sketch stars and a crescent moon on the paper bag. Carefully cut out.

Step 2: Lightly crumple a piece of tissue paper, and place it inside the bag. Turn the flashlights on, and place them in the bag.

Step 3: Close and fold down the bag 1 inch from the top. Punch two holes 1 inch apart in the middle of this fold through all layers of the bag. Thread the ribbon through both holes, and tie in a bow at the front of the bag.

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