3 creative ideas for children

As the days get shorter again, the Lantern season approaches. And in families, it is often synonymous with needlework, because children always prefer to walk around the house with their homemade candles. If you still use materials that accumulate in the household, then the fun is also sustainable. Here we tried some creative ideas for how you can make lanterns from plastic bottles together.

Prepare plastic bottles for crafts

If they are not water bottles, then the bottles must be cleaned first. Sticky juice or soda residue can be easily removed with washing-up liquid and warm water. It is a little more difficult with some stickers on bottles. They can be extremely stubborn. Sometimes only label remover helps. Once all residue is removed, simply allow the plastic bottles to dry. Then the puzzle can begin…

On the plastic, set, go!

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Make an owl lantern from a plastic bottle

With their large eyes, owls are always a popular craft motif. The cute little animals can also be made quite easily from an old plastic bottle.

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Here’s how it goes:

1. Cut off the top of the bottle. This is a parenting task because you need very sharp scissors for this. It is best to take a pair of nail clippers and poke holes in them first.

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Small children need help here.

2. You can use a large piece of tracing paper to design the owl’s body. I chose yellow instead of brown because the light shines through better. You can attach the paper to the back with some Tesa.

3. Draw the wings on the back of the corrugated cardboard. They can either be spread out or hang down a bit. Also think about a piece of approx. 1 to 2 cm long for attachment.

It is the children’s job to remove it.

4. You now need a slit on each side of the bottle, which you can again make with nail scissors. Then put the wings through and secure them with some tape.

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The wings are bombproof.

5. Now comes the face. You can simply use triangles made of corrugated cardboard for the nose and ears. Even small hobbyists can do it. Cut out the eyes as circles out of white paper. Draw the students with a black pen. Then glue everything.

Shoeuuuu!

6. For the stick, poke small holes in the plastic as high as possible. There you push craft thread through, preferably several times and then wrap the end around the whole thing a few more times. Then the same on the other side.

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The next lantern parade can come!
On the plastic, set, go!
On the plastic, set, go!

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Making lanterns with children
Making lanterns with children

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Make colorful lanterns with transparent paper

If you want the lantern to shine in many colors, you can choose a wild pattern of transparent paper. However, you should not be a perfectionist.

For this you need:

Here’s how it goes:

1. First, the bottleneck must be removed. At the same time, let your little ones cut or tear lots of snips out of transparent paper.

2. Then you or your children stick on the individual pieces of paper. You can use a glue stick or hot glue for this. But: It only lasts temporarily. When all the clips are on, you unfortunately have to wrap everything with tape, because the usual glue (I’ve also tested craft glue) doesn’t stick well to plastic. However, I would not recommend plastic glue for needlework with children, as it can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract.

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This will take a while…

3. We also cut out a picture from a motif transparent paper and glued it on with Tesa.

4. Secure the thread at the end as with the owl. You can thread beads onto the wire to make the hanging look fun and colorful.

What does it look like with light?

If you use a lantern stick with a lamp, always keep in mind that the cables for these lamps are usually extremely short. The cord must be correspondingly short, otherwise the light will swing back and forth over the lantern!

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Gives a warm light.

Making lanterns from plastic bottles: jellyfish

With their limp tentacles, jellyfish are very cheerful subjects. You can easily make them into a lantern with a plastic bottle.

You are missing:

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Material for a mermaid lantern.

Here’s how it goes:

1. Unlike the other lanterns, for the jellyfish you remove the bottom part of the bottle. Green or blue plastic bottles are particularly suitable.

2. Cut a few pieces of masking tape of the same length. Your girlfriend can decide if you do it in one color or multi-colored.

3. Tape the strips that overlap from the inside into the bottle.

How many tentacles do your jellyfish have?

4. So that this is not visible from the outside, you can attach masking tape to the lower part of the bottle from the outside as a banner. Simply attach it to the back with a piece of Tesa.

5. You can make eyes analogous to the owl or use ready-made ones. Then attach the wire – done!

Simple mermaid lantern with fun fluttering ribbons.

Of course, you cannot put a candle in this version and you can clearly see through the lamp. But I don’t think it’s bad. In the dark, the little animal also has a little spirit, right?

ghost or jellyfish?
My first lantern: extra stable and easy to make
My first lantern: extra stable and easy to make

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Make lanterns from plastic bottles – conclusion

I think all three results are fantastic. However, I must admit that I would prefer other materials to make lanterns with children. At least with small children, own share of the children is quite small. You need very sharp scissors, child-friendly glue doesn’t stick well, and the cord also needs to be attached by parents. I would therefore recommend it more as a project for primary school students.

I also used a battery-powered mini light chain for the light on the first two lanterns. Candles aren’t so good for wild children for some reason, and I’m not thrilled with these sticks either. We already had quite a few that were no longer working when the lantern parade began. The fairy lights also shine brighter.

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