Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is one of the biggest holidays in India. It's a five day event that celebrates the power of light over darkness. And as part of that celebration, it's common for people to decorate their homes with lanterns and light fireworks.
Make your own craft Diwali paper lantern with this fun and easy DIY activity:
- Two or three sheets of different colored paper
- An LED tealight
Step One: Cut out a rectangle from one of your pieces of colored paper, about six inches long by three inches wide.
Step Two: Fold the piece of paper lengthwise and then, cutting on the folded edge of the paper, make small cuts about a quarter or half an inch apart. Be careful not to cut all the way through to the other side!
Step Three: Unfold the piece of paper and then form a cylinder with the folded edge of the paper pointed outwards. Use a tealight-sized bottle cap or a round piece of paper to make a bottom (remember that it has to be big enough for the tealight to fit inside). Glue the edges of the paper to the bottom and then to each other.
Step Four: Use a different colored paper and cut out three strips of paper, each about six inches long and half an inch wide. Decorate the top and bottom of your lantern with two of the strips, gluing them to your cylinder.
Step Five: Use your third strip of paper and glue each end to the inside of your cylinder to create a handle. If you'd like, decorate your lantern with more colored paper, markers, or stickers. Place your LED tealight inside and marvel at your magnificent creation! Happy Diwali!
Check out the video below to watch how its done and get a few tips before trying it out yourself: