Kids DIY Cardboard Lantern

Category Simple Toys
Transform a compact tissue box into a kids' cardboard lantern. The project uses inexpensive supplies you might already have. Once compete add a small flashlight or LED tea candle and it is ready to hang.


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Transform a tissue box into a lantern, or hanging light box. My son had a lot of fun painting this lantern as well as decorating it. He did need a little help.

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • tissue box
  • ribbon
  • scissors /eXacto knife
  • stickers
  • pen
  • acrylic paint + paint brush
  • packaging tape
  • tissue paper (assorted colors)
  • flash light
  • hole puncher


  1. Determine what length you want your box border to be. I cut out a strip of paper to trace around all sides of the box. Mine is approximately 3/4" all around.
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  3. Cut plastic piece out on top and cut all the squares out.
  4. Ready to paint box all over with your choice of color. My son selected blue. Allow box to dry.
  5. In the mean time, cut up assorted color tissue paper into squares/rectangles (or your choice of shape).
  6. Using packaging tape, tape two pieces side by side and then tape on the inside so the sticky side is facing out. Repeat on all sides.
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  8. Ready for your child to place tissue paper on the sticky tape. Repeat on all 4 sides.
  9. Using a hole puncher, punch out 4 holes in the top of the box. Cut 2 ribbon strips the same length. Thread 1 ribbon strip through the top holes and thread 2nd ribbon strip through the other holes.
  10. Combine the ribbons and knot at the top.
  11. The lantern is complete and ready for you to place a battery candle or flashlight inside. It is perfect to play in the dark, tent, or castle. Note: Do not leave your candle or flashlight inside overnight. Remember to turn off candle/flashlight after done playing and always watch if your child is playing with this.
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