Kids DIY Lanterns for Ramadan - Masjid Cityscape
If there's anything we need more of, it's ways to keep kids occupied during long fasts that also allow them to get into the Ramadan spirit. I've seen variations of paper lanterns, like these cute Stockholm lanterns, and thought a Ramadan twist on them would light up kids' imaginations, especially ages 7 and up.
What you will need
- Thin paper (such as wax, vellum, tracing, or tissue)
- Tape or glue
- Black permanent marker
- Flameless candles (3" diameter for letter sized paper)
For a letter sized piece of paper, the best fit is a 3 inch candle. We found that vellum paper is the best option, as it's transparent but still sturdy enough to stand on its own.
1. Print out tracing template
If you don't want to come up with your own design, we have a great Ramadan city skyline template that you can print and use as a basis for your lantern. We love how the houses and masjids allude to that sense of community that is so strong in this month, and could be used as a way to introduce you child to concepts like the function of masjids in our faith.
2. Trace image onto thin paper
3. Add extra details and put your own spin on it
Depending on your child's age and skill level, you can trace just the simple outline or every star and window. Once you're done you can add more custom details or color parts in.
4. Cut on outlines, and optionally windows
Maybe even poke holes for stars or cut out windows so that they shine brighter.
5. Roll into tube and tape inside
6. Place over candle
When you're done, you can use these lanterns as nightlights, or decorations for a cozy iftar. Don't forget to tag us if you get a chance to try this out @daysofeid on instagram!