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Kandeel!!! – The Paper Lantern

Photo May 08, 11 29 30 AMI had started this project on a whim, as I had not published anything on my Facebook page in a long time. BTW – Good time to mention, please check my fb page :). This kandeel (paper lantern) was something we used to make in school just before our Diwali vacations. I had learned many variations, but I’m starting with publishing the simplest one.

Materials Required

  1. Colored construction paper
  2. Colored tissue paper
  3. Colored glitter paper ( I used pink and golden glitter paper)
  4. Golden glitter tape
  5. Martha Stewart Crafts Punch, 1-inch circle
  6. Glue
  7. Stapler
  8. Thread and Jute rope (thin)


The entire kandeel (paper lantern) can be made of the same color, however I have used two colors to make them a little more vibrant. Take two different colored construction papers. The construction papers should be cut in the shape of a rectangle. I cut the smaller (blue) rectangle having a length of 4 1/2 inches and a width of 3 inches and the larger (yellow) rectangle having the same length as the smaller rectangle i.e. 4 1/2 inches and a width of 4 inches. (See picture below – Step 1)

Photo Jun 15, 1 25 10 PM

In the picture above, the blue rectangle is the smaller rectangle and will form the core of the paper lantern. As shown in Step 2, join the two widths of the rectangle together – such that they overlap slightly (around 1 cm). Glue them together and to add further stability you can staple the joint, as shown in Step 2 above.

In Step 3, take the bigger (yellow) rectangle and fold it into half along its width. After folding, leave around 1 cm of space along the length on both sides of the flap and cut parallel lines along the width (See picture 4 above)

Photo Jun 15, 1 47 45 PM

Open the fold of the bigger (yellow) rectangle, it will have parallel cuts as shown in Step 5 above. Apply glue on both sides of the rectangle, where we had left around 1cm of space along the length in Step 4. Stick the lengths of the bigger (yellow) rectangle along the upper and lower circumference of the circle we made with the smaller (blue) rectangle in Step 2 (See Step 6 & 7).

The Fringe

Now take the same two colors of tissue paper, which you have used in making the upper part of the Kandeel/ Paper Lantern. Take two sheets of each colored tissue paper, the width of the tissue papers should be 4.5 inches and the length should be 6 to 7 inches. Since the outside structure of the upper part is yellow, I made sure that the contrast was bought out by keeping the blue tissue paper on the outside and the yellow tissue paper on the inside.

Take the alternate colors sheets (I started with the blue sheet on the outside to bring out the contrast) and lay them on top of each other; (e.g. Blue-Yellow-Blue-Yellow). Leave around 2 inches of space at the top of the sheets and cut the rest of the sheet into fringes (as shown in Step 8 above). Stick the sheets together with very very little glue, along the 2 inch of uncut space. Allow the glue to dry.

Stick the fringe on the inner side of the smaller (blue) circle.

To make the hook for hanging the Kandeel/Paper Lantern, cut a piece of the thin jute rope and staple it on the inside of the top of the lantern. Tape golden glitter tape on the top and bottom of the Kandeel/ Paper Lantern, as shown in the image to the (2)

I wanted to hang the lanterns from the ceiling and so I cut the desired length of the thread and tied it to the jute rope hook. I then cut lots of one inch circles from the glitter paper, with the help of Martha Stewart Crafts Punch.

I stuck the circles on both sides of the thread with glue, as shown in the picture to the right.

Hope you enjoy making these kandeels!!!ย 



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