Saturday, November 29, 2014

DIY Christmas Decoration: Star Lantern

Last Christmas was full of many firsts. The first time we hosted our own Christmas party. First time our tiny tot celebrated Christmas with his extended family, the first time he met Santa at a children's Christmas party at the club (he refused to partake the fire truck he got from him!), the first time I made handmade decor at home (my first wreath!), The first time we made eggnog & sangria at home. This flurry of activity is a far cry from previous two years which had been spent walking around extra-extravagant mall decor in Jakarta (which btw I still miss from the bottom of my little broken heart, sniff sniff)  

So here's a DIY tutorial to make a simple star lantern.

Step one: I used 4 equal sized cardboard sheets (from milk cartons, I realized later that you could just buy some from the stationary store) and cut out a star in each of them with a paper cutter & scale. 

Step 2: Then pasted red kite paper on each of them individually (so the red paper covers the star cut out and the light shines through it when it's finally ready). I kept extra length at the bottom and snipped that part into frills.

Step 3: punch small holes on the vertical edges of each cardboard sheet (I stabbed em with a pair of scissors cuz the cardboard was too thick for my teeny tiny punch. Bought a bigger punch later!)


Step 4: tie the two cardboard sheets together with a silver ribbon in a shoe lace pattern leaving plenty extra ribbon on top. Eventually tie all 4 cardboard sheets together to resemble a box. Tie the extra length of ribbon together on top which can be hung over a nail. Add some more jazz such as a few more ribbons that fall freely from the lantern.

Step 5: for the light part, get the following from the electrical shop: a plug, long wire (choose color and length as per your balcony), an adapter for bulb, a bulb. Or a Flexible Wire Link such as the one in the picture. This can be tied to the lantern.


Different type of material can be used following this method, e.g. for the other lanterns, I used wrapping paper, cut out rectangles instead of stars and even used woolen threads to tie them up.

I made these last year all by myself as my son was very small, but I'll bet many preschoolers could make 'em by themselves!

P.S. Sorry for the quality of these pictures, these were taken from my humble phone! 

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  1. How beautiful! I can't believe how easy you make it sound to make it too!

  2. Great post! What a lovely lantern :)

  3. Wow this is absolutely beautiful! I came from the Monday Musing party and love how easy but cute this is! Will be trying it out this holiday season:)

  4. Very festive lantern and nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  5. Cute idea! Thanks for linking up to the #SoMe2 link party for Blog Lovin'

  6. Love them! Stopping by while riding The Great Blog Train Chain Linky Climb! So glad you join the train and hope to see you every week! Happy Holidays!

  7. That is the coolest lantern!! Thank you so much for linking up to the Great Blog Train:

  8. Great craft! I just wanted to let you know that I am posting this at if you don't mind. You are welcome to submit your ideas at my site with a link back if you would like. Alyssa

  9. so totally cool! I have to do something similar for the grandsons outer space bedroom!!

  10. Pretty! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop!