Easy Aluminum Foil Lantern








You need

  • Aluminum foil
  • A towel
  • Craft scissors and fingernail scissors
  • A pencil and a ruler
  • A battery tealight 
  • A turkey lacer or another large embroidery needle. It needs to be pointed to go through layers of aluminum neatly. 


  1. Fold the aluminum foil so that you have four layers. You can also use more than four layers. Cut out a rectangle of 10” x 6”. Your rectangle should consist of at least four layers of foil.
  2. Use leftover aluminum to cut a rectangle of 1.5” x 5” and fold in the edges.
  3. On the long sides, fold ¼” to the inside to make for a round, safe corner.
  4. On the short sides: on one side, fold ½” to the inside and on the other side, fold  ½” to the outside.
  5. Using the pencil to draw lines for a pattern on the foil. You will make the holes for the lanterns along and in between these.







Creating the pattern

Fold the kitchen towel one or two times and put it underneath your foil sheet. Use the turkey lacer or the embroidery needle to poke holes into the foil following your pattern. The holes should be about ¼” apart.






Finishing the lantern

  1. Carefully close the short sides by folding the edges together and pressing the foil. The pattern piercings should be on the outside of the lantern. You can use a glue stick to secure the closing line. Use a rolling pin or water bottle round to out the lantern from the inside.
  2. Cut 1” slits at the top and fold the handle piece in it. Secure the handle by folding it over the top edge and back down or with a glue stick.
  3. Wait until dark, light your candle and enjoy seeing the pattern you made.