Easy lantern using recycled materials


I enjoy doing crafts with my kids, but there are crafts I would not think about doing, unless I was asked to, like in this case – to make a lantern using recycled materials. So I’m thankful Shannon’s school organises an annual lantern-making competition, with a few specifications: to use recycled materials and it should be a combined parent-child effort (Let’s just say it is a good thing they did not specify exactly how much work should be done by each party). ๐Ÿ™‚

The fact that her brother’s lantern (below) made of an egg carton won the second prize last year, added undue pressure :).


We have a recycled box in the storeroom where I stash away cartons, boxes, toilet paper rolls etc which can one day be used for kids’ crafts. So I looked through the box and found an old cookie tin from Bengawan Solo, with an octagonal shape which would make our(my) job easier.


Old cookie tin with lid, satay sticks, sticky tape, blu-tack, washi tape, plastic wrap, Gold Sharpie and ribbon.


First, I stuck the satay sticks to each of the 8 corners, while Shannon helped to adhere the sticky tape before she got bored after Stick No.4.


Next, invert the tin and use blu-tack to ensure the ends of each stick are stuck to the cookie tin lid. Shannon found me some blu-tack and left me to do the job. Sorry the picture below had the blu-tack already covered up with pretty washi tape. Each of the bulge at the ends of the sticks are the blu-tack,


Next, use the Gold Sharpie to glam up the Satay Sticks so that they no longer look like Satay sticks! Technically, Shannon helped with this part while I touched up her efforts, nevermind that the touch up took up 90 per cent of time. ๐Ÿ™‚


I then used some masking tape to tape off a straight line at the base and top of the box so that I can colour in a gold strip with the Sharpie, you know, just to up our chances of winning a prize.


And tied it with some recycled gold ribbon so she can hook it to a stick to tote it around.


The candy cane-lookalike stick at the top was a wooden stick covered using the same washi tape as below.


I thought it looked a little bare and decided to wrap it in some clear plastic. The next and final step is where Shannon made the greatest contribution. She dug out her sticker collection, painstakingly selected some flower stickers, before sticking them to the clear portion. The light fixture in the middle was borrowed from a store-bought lantern to add some sparkle. So, voila, an old Almond Nut Crunch cookie tin transformed into a homemade lantern!


It is Mid-Autumn festival today in Singapore and as per tradition, the kids in Shannon’s school will be taking a walk around the school compound, while toting their lanterns. Oh and the results of the competition will be announced as well. Jason says there should be prizes for all who took part. What fun! Happy Mid-Autumn to all who celebrate it!

Update: Nope, the lantern did not win a prize even though we thought it was a winner!


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7 thoughts on “Easy lantern using recycled materials

  1. Ai Sakura September 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    oh wow what an ingenious way to upcycle a box! thanks for sharing this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Jane Ng September 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, have joined linky and included the button! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Grace Lim August 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Dear Jane, love your creativity! I will try to replicate what you did for my toddler’s coming lantern making activity in his playschool. By the way, I noticed that you use a fastener look alike thingy to hold the ribbon together. May I know what that is?

  3. Jane Ng August 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Hi Grace, Thanks for reading! I used small, black zip-ties from Daiso! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jane Ng August 12, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Do let me know how yours turned out?

  4. Kristine August 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Jane, may I know which store did you get the light from?

    • Jane Ng August 20, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Kristine, it was from an old lantern.. can’t quite remember what kind it was… Sorry!

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