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How to make wax paper leaf lanterns

Updated: Aug 30, 2023

Making lanterns is a lovely activity to do with the kid’s at this time of year.

I took the family out for a nice walk on Sunday, we played with helicopters (samaras) and gathered some leaves, it was a lovely afternoon. We pressed the leaves ready for us to make our lantern.

So you can see how easy it is to get the family involved in this project. Making and lighting a lantern is a lot of fun and can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

You will need:

  • Autumn themed scrapbooking paper

  • Wax paper

  • String or wire

  • Electric tea lights or a strip of LED lights

  • Round fizzy pop bottle

  • Iron

  • Ironing cloth (this could be an old pillow case)

  • Hot glue gun

  • Autumn themed scrapbooking paper

  • Hole punch

Step 1 -

Collect some dry autumn leaves, for the best results press the leaves.

Step 2 -

Cut the fizzy drink bottle down to a height that you want for your lantern to be.

This is what keeps the lantern round and stable.

Step 3 -

Cut a sheet of wax paper to fit around the cut down bottle and double the height.

My paper measures approximately 30 x 32cm.

Fold wax paper in half. 15 x 32cm

Step 4 - Arrange your autumn leaves on top of one half of the wax paper. If you feel that your leaves are going to move you can lightly glue them in place.

Fold wax paper to cover over the leaves, this will incase the leaves.

Step 5 -

Place an Ironing cloth under and over the wax paper/leaf sandwich

Iron to melt the wax and fuse the wax paper and leaves together.

Step 6 -

Cut two 1” wide strips out of paper, this for the top and bottom of your lantern. The strips need to be the same length as your wax paper.

You can use cardstock, patterned paper or scrapbooking paper. Try to use a colour that matches your leaves.

Glue the strips to the top and bottom of the ironed wax paper.

Step 7 -

Wrapped the wax paper with leaves that you just ironed, around the bottle and glue in to place.

Step 8 - Make 2 small holes in the top of the lantern

Add some string or wire.

All finished and when it's dark go for a little walk outdoors with it!

Happy Making.

Kelly Anne Jordan


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Happy Making.

Kelly Anne Jordan xx

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