4th of July Project – Easy Patriotic Paper Lanterns

Though 4th of July is a holiday that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages, there are many activities that younger children cannot participate in. For example, fireworks and barbecuing are activities strictly reserved for older kids and adults.

To keep smaller children occupied during the more intense 4th of July activities, we can give them a fun paper project to do to keep them busy! Remember paper lanterns we used to make in elementary school? They are also great for 4th of July!


From Easy Preschool Craft

From Indus Ladies


  • scissors
  • pencil
  • paper (red, white, blue)
  • ruler
  • pens, embellishments
  • glue or tape

With a ruler, cut a rectangle around 5-6″ in H, and 6″ W. Fold the paper in half lengthwise and draw lines extending from the folded edge like so:

Cut the lines while the paper is still folded. Open the fold and roll the paper into a cylinder shape. Using glue or tape, fasten the top and bottom of the roll.

To make handles, cut a strip of paper and attach it to the top of the lantern.

Decorate with glitter, stickers, markers,  or color pens!

Once your little ones have create a whole batch of these, string them up on the porch for a lovely DIY 4th of July decoration! Not only will it add extra red, white, and blue ambiance to the porch, but the kids will love having their project displayed for everyone to see!



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