We do our best to be accurate. But, due to Covid, conditions change quickly. Please double check published details to avoid disappointment.

How to Make Paper Lanterns for Mid-Autumn Festival

What better way to get in the Mid-Autumn Festival spirit that with a quick and easy project the kids will love?!  If you’re kids can draw, glue and or cut, they will enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper (heavier paper tends to work a little better but regular A11/printer paper will do)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • Markers, crayons, and if you’re up for glitter, you can try that too!


1. Decorate your paper as you wish. (For the brave parents attempting glitter, wait until it has dried before moving to step 2, or add the glitter after the lantern has been assembled.)

2. Fold the paper in half lengthwise.

Folded paper

3. Cut lines along the folded seam but don’t cut all the way through.

Cut paper

4. Unfold the paper.

unfolded paper

5. Take the two shorter width ends and match them together to create a round tube.


6. Secure the lantern together in the above position with glue or tape. Attach together down the entire length of the lantern. If using tape, tape along the inside so it is not visible.

7. Voila!


8. Make a handle for your lantern by cutting a strip of paper.


9. Secure the handle to the top of the lantern using tape, glue or a stapler.

Lantern with handle

10. If you have colourful pipe cleaners or string, this could also be used as handles.

11. Hang your masterpieces and dig into those mooncakes!

*The above was designed and created by a crafty 3-year-old.

By Kathleen Siddell, September 2015 / Updated Setepmber 2019 

Top photo: 123rf.com

Like this? Find more Kids stories here, or download our digital magazine from the App StoreGoogle Play or Magzter.

More on The Finder:
Mooncakes, Lanterns And Legends: Your Guide To The Mid-Autumn Festival In Singapore
5 EASY Ways To Enjoy The MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL Fun In Singapore Even If It’s Your First Time
Where To Find The BEST Mooncakes In Singapore For Mid-Autumn Festival

Don’t miss out! Like our Facebook page for event updates and more.

Related Articles

exploring a move