How to Make Day of the Dead Lanterns

Day of the Dead paper lanterns

Day of the Dead is one of our favourite Halloween themes so today we’re making Day of the Dead paper lanterns!

Inspired by our Day of the Dead Halloween decorations, they’re perfect for a Halloween party or decorating your doorway for trick or treat.

Read on to find out what to do!

Day of the Dead paper lanterns

What you need:

  • Black card
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • PVA glue
  • Glitter glue in different colours
  • Tissue paper in different colours

Day of the Dead paper lanterns

How to assemble your Day of the Dead lanterns

First things first, take a piece of black card and cut it to size so that it will comfortably wrap around your LED candle. Draw on two eyes, a mouth and a nose and and cut them out – roughly in the centre of the piece of card. If you’re doing this craft activity with small children, we’d recommend doing the cutting out for them.

Then cut out some small pieces of coloured tissue paper and stick them over the back of the eyes, nose and mouth. It’s important to do this on whichever side is not going to be showing.

Now that you have your basic design, it’s time to go to town with glitter glue! Dots, swirls, anything goes! You’ll find more inspiration for what to do over on our Day of the Dead Pinterest board.

Day of the Dead paper lanterns

Day of the Dead paper lanternsFinally, wrap the card around the lantern and stick it in place. Don’t do this too tightly as you want to be able to easily slide the candle out at the end of the party. Then it’s time to turn off the lights and see your lanterns in all their glory!

Always remember that it’s not safe to use an open flame with paper lanterns. It’s much safer to use LED candles like these – they’re battery powered and create exactly the same effect as normal candles. Plus you can re-use them year after year.

Day of the Dead paper lanterns

Want more Day of the Dead party ideas? Visit Party Delights to browse our full range of Day of the Dead party supplies or stay on our blog:



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