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Whether you’re ringing in the New Year or enjoying the darker night sky, colorful lanterns are always a fun addition. From paper to recycled materials, I’ve gathered 45 of my favorite lantern craft ideas that you can try with the kids at home.

51 Lantern Crafts

  1. Winter Scene Paper Lanterns, Lia Griffith
  2. Wax Paper Popsicle Stick Lanterns, Artsy Fartsy Mama
  3. Yarn Wrapped Hurricane Lanterns, Creative Jewish Mom
  4. Children’s Art Lantern, Artful Kids
  5. Marbled Glassware Lantern, Honestly WTF
  6. Vellum Sketch Lanterns, Crafted in Carhartt
  7. Fish Bowl Tissue Lantern, TD 365
  8. Illuminated Snow Scene Lantern Jar, Bitz n Giggles
  9. Tissue Animal Face Lanterns, Bloesem Kids
  10. Yarn Ball Lanterns, Splash of Something
  11. Recycled Soda Bottle Lanterns, Creative Jewish Mom
  12. Christmas Township Shadow Lantern Jar, Shabby Art Boutique
  13. Snowman Mason Jar Lantern, Crafty Adaliade
  14. Glow Stick Balloons, Say Yes
  15. Upcycled Lantern + Vases, Ruffle Blog
  16. Salt Dough Candle Holder, Red Ted Art
  17. Balloon Dipped Lanterns, Brit + Co
  18. Winter Nature Ice Lanterns, Oh My! Creative
  19. Vintage-Inspired Doily Lanterns, Factory Direct Craft
  20. Orange Lantern, Handimania
  21. Recycled Tin Can Lantern, Inhabitat
  22. Salt Dough Lantern Village, Modewaerts
  23. Yarn Wrapped Painted Lantern Jars, The Forge
  24. Squash Salt Dough Lanterns, The Honeycomb
  25. Glow Jars, The Gold Jelly Bean
  26. Clay Tree Lanterns, Moma Le Blog (en Français)
  27. Polka Dot Paper Lantern Light Covers, Just Crafty Enough
  28. Paper Mosaic Lantern, Hello Natural
  29. Recycled Tin Wall Lanterns, Recycled Art
  30. Melted Crayon Lumanaries, Aunt Peaches
  31. Printable Paper Detailed Lanterns, Dream Home Decorating
  32. Magical Silhouette Lanterns, Adventure in a Box
  33. Tin Foil Candle Covers, The Tiny Funnel
  34. Homemade Fireflies, Matsutake
  35. Toilet Paper Roll Lantern, Trifty Fun
  36. Paper Lanterns, A Subtle Revelry
  37. Patterned Paper Lanterns, Food52
  38. Beaded Handle Mason Jar Lantern, Buggy and Buddy
  39. Upcycled Cardboard Lantern, Etsy Blog
  40. Aluminum Can Lanterns, Instructables
  41. Tuna Can Hurricane Lanterns, In My Own Style
  42. Chinese Lantern Craft, Artsy Mom
  43. Paper Mache Lantern, My Kids Adventures
  44. Glow Jar Lanterns, A Girl with a Glue Gun
  45. Gauze Wrapped Lanterns, Crafting a Green World

What other ways to you enjoy the longer nights in your home? You can also check out our 51 winter craft ideas and our 51 Year in Review crafts. How do you enjoy the longer nights?

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