Kids Craft: DIY Paper Lanterns for Summer

Are you looking forward to summer too? We’re just decorating. And ever since I saw the beautiful paper with the lanterns from the Dear Lizzy collection “Here & Now”, I knew that I wanted to make them with my daughter. After several test runs we decided on small lanterns, which we would like to hang up on a ribbon as a garland in the children’s room.

The Works All-In-One tool is best suited for making the lanterns. We also used the Crop-A-Dile for the hanging holes.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

First we selected the papers. They should be nice and colourful for summer. The collections of Heidi Swapp and Dear Lizzy are perfect for this.

First we cut the roll for the inner part of the lantern. For this cut the paper to 4 x 4.5 inches. Apply an adhesive strip on the long backside. Now roll the paper to make a roll.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now cut the second paper to 4 x 6 inch.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now place the paper so that the back is on top (see photo). Then mark a distance of 0.5 inch on each of the short sides with pencil and ruler. These lines serve as the starting and ending points for cutting the strips from the lantern. Therefore, this line is also made on the back of the paper, so that it is not visible later.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now the strips are cut with the cutting board. Rotate the paper 90 degrees. Then cut every ΒΌ inch. This results in these fine fan strips. You can also make the strips a bit wider if you like it better.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

When you are finished cutting your strips, double-sided tape is applied to the top and bottom. And now the fun part begins…

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now you take your cut paper and stick it on the top and bottom of the roll. Please use both hands, then the gluing will be much easier. As you can see, the paper is already bending.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now slowly stick the paper on the top and bottom at the same time and slowly turning the roll. Then it becomes even and it works much better. After one or two times you get the hang of it and it runs faster and better.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Once you are around the reel, it will overlap a little. But later on you won’t notice that one or two strips are overlapping.

One more important bit of information: Use good double-sided adhesive tape. So that your lantern does not pop. That would be a bad thing.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now punch two holes with the Crop-A-Dile (small hole) at the upper edge of the lantern. The holes are opposite each other. There the yarn is threaded through for hanging up.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Now you can decorate it with stickers, die-cuts etc. I also created some mini pom poms with the Works All-In-One tool. You can do this with the included pegs very easily. I used normal knitting wool. Additionally I made little tassels with it.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

Finally, the yarn is threaded through the two holes at the top of the lantern for hanging.

Then attach your pom poms and tassels to a long thread and push it through the bottom of the lantern until it peeks out of the top. Now take the two yarns and make a knot. Your lantern is ready.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

I’ve decided on this method. You can also attach your tassels to the bottom of the lantern. I’ve tied it at the top with the thread for hanging.

Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!
Kids Craft: Make Paper Lanterns for Summer with The Works All In One Tool by We R Memory Keepers!

I hope you liked my Kids Craft idea. The summer can start. We are looking forward to it. I wish you all a great time.

Supplies:

The Works All In One Tool
Crop-A-Dile

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