Create paper lantern animals

Let your creativity run wild and make any type of animal, from foxes and owls to imaginative monsters.


• A variety of paper lanterns in different shapes and colors

• Colored paper

• Scraps of fabric

• Scissors

• Embellishments such as feathers, pom-poms, ribbon, felt, boa, yarn and googly eyes

• Craft glue or glue dots


1. Bring out a nice variety of embellishments to get your creativity flowing!

2. Cut out and glue the facial features. If you’re doing this project with a small child (or group of children) you can lay out pre-cut shapes on the table for them to choose from.

3. Use fabric or felt for large shapes, like wings or tails.

4. Finish with a variety of embellishments. You can use buttons or felt circles for eyes and fluffy pom-poms for cheeks and tails.

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