How to make a lantern

Do you get scared in storms? Watch this video to learn how to make a lantern!


Do the preparation task first. Then watch the video and do the activities.


LUISA: What a storm!

EMILY: Oh, how scary!

LUISA: Don't be scared! Do you know what we can do?

EMILY: No, what?

LUISA: We can make a lantern!

So, Emily, what do we need?

EMILY: We need a clean, empty glass jar, some coloured tissue paper, craft glue, a paintbrush and a candle.

LUISA: So, the first thing to do is to cut or tear some shapes out of the coloured tissue paper.

You can cut rectangles, triangles, stars, hearts or circles. Whatever you like!

Great! Next, put some glue on the jar and stick the shapes on.

EMILY: A purple rectangle, an orange triangle, a yellow star, a red heart and a blue circle.

LUISA: How colourful! Then, cover the whole jar with craft glue.

EMILY: Finished!

LUISA: Perfect! Now we just need to put the candle inside the jar. Careful now! Always ask an adult to help you light a candle.

Look at this!

EMILY: Oooh! This spooky lantern is for Halloween!

LUISA: And this snowy lantern is for Christmas!

EMILY: You can make as many as you want!

LUISA: We hope you have fun making your own lantern!

LUISA AND EMILY: See you next time!

LUISA: Remember! To make a lantern:

  • cut or tear some shapes out of coloured tissue paper
  • stick the shapes on the jar
  • cover the jar with craft glue
  • and let it dry.

Always ask an adult to help you light a candle.

That's it! Now you can make your own lantern.


Did you like this video? What kind of lantern would you like to make? Tell us about it!

Average: 4.2 (5 votes)

Submitted by PrincessTrumpetTabla on Tue, 21/03/2023 - 23:21


Why do we need to cover the whole jar with glue?

Hi PrincessTrumpetTabla,
You need to cover the whole jar with glue to make it shiny, especially the parts with the coloured shapes. That way the light from the lantern will look brighter!

Best wishes,
LearnEnglish Kids team

Submitted by PrincessTrumpetTabla on Tue, 21/03/2023 - 23:12


Dear MissFairy50:

It's okay if your glittering lantern doesn't light very much.

Happy days,


Submitted by PrincessTrumpetTabla on Sun, 19/03/2023 - 23:02


I love the snowy lantern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by PrincessTrumpetTabla on Fri, 03/03/2023 - 01:53


Hi StarryJewel5000,
I hope you enjoy your spooky lantern! And use it when it's dark if you're afraid.
Happy days,

Dear StarryJewel5000 I hope you will like this video and my have a friend name Starry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Submitted by PrincessTrumpetTabla on Fri, 24/02/2023 - 23:46


Hi CrystalTreePop,
What does "sakura lantern" mean? I only know what's a lantern.
Happy days,

Submitted by StarryJewel5000 on Wed, 03/08/2022 - 05:03


I very like this video. I want to make a Halloween lantern.

Submitted by LadyPlantSeal on Thu, 18/11/2021 - 15:13

Cute lantern.

Submitted by AgentRadio70 on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 10:57

I want to make a glittering lantern and a spooky one and this video is very good!!!

Submitted by MissButterTric… on Thu, 07/10/2021 - 07:30

So good ! We can use craft glue instead of paint polish? Great !

Hi MissButterTriceratops,

When I made the lantern I used craft glue and it worked fine. I hope you'll have fun making it!


Best wishes,


LearnEnglish Kids team

Submitted by BlueJewel7 on Fri, 02/07/2021 - 13:09

Wow, What a good idea! I would like to make a lantern, for my birthday

Submitted by TopazXylophone… on Mon, 14/06/2021 - 05:11

We did this in kindergarten. It's fun!

Submitted by GoldSwan80 on Sun, 23/05/2021 - 17:13

How amazing idea !!!...I really like it :-)

Submitted by PrincessMelonBanana on Mon, 01/02/2021 - 02:45

i like :)

Submitted by MissFairy50 on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 08:20

Now, looking at this video I have many lanterns in my own room. My favourite one is decorated by glitter. It doesn't light very much but that's okay as long as the candle didn't gone out until I woke up.

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