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 DIY Diwali lantern with this fun and easy activity!
- Two or three sheets of different colored paper
- An LED tealight
Cut out a rectangle from one of your pieces of colored paper, about six inches long by three inches wide.
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!
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.
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.
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! Tag us in your DIY Diwali paper lantern!