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Making : Nemo and Jellyfish lanterns

12 September 20085 Comments

The Mid-Autumn festival is here for the whole month, and you get to see lanterns everywhere these days!

And so, we made our very own (non-glowing) lanterns too today!

Vai got a Nemo, and Anya made a jellyfish lantern!

What we used:

– Four paper plates (you’d need two for each lantern)
– Two styrofoam cups (actually, they can be any cups, even those from McDonald’s or Starbucks)
– A pair of disposable wooden chopsticks
– Strings
– Crepe paper for the jellyfish wiggly bits
– Scissors, glue, masking tape, crayons

Nemo Lantern
(for this one, I did most of the work since Vai is yet to know how to ‘properly’ colour and draw)

– Drew the shape on the paper plates and cut them out (I referred to our Finding Nemo DVD cover!)
(remember: the shape on the 2nd plate needs to be a ‘mirror image’ of the first one)
– Cut out two “fins”, using leftover paper

– Coloured the body and fins (I coloured most of them first and let Vai scribbled on them afterwards)
– Poked the bottom of the cup, inserted the string, tied one end to a leftover paper (so it’s ‘stuck’ when the kids hold the lantern up), and the other end to a chopstick

– Used masking tapes to stick the two sides of the fish together and onto the cup

And that’s it!!

Jellyfish Lantern
(This one is simpler to make)

– Drew a roundish shape on two paper plates (these will be the ‘top’ of the jellyfish)
– Coloured one side of the plates

– Cut strips of crepe paper
– Stick them all around the top of the cup
– Poked the bottom of the cup (repeat the final two steps as above)

And you’ve got yourself a jellyfish lantern!!

The kids got pretty excited with them. And I’m happy with them too!

Anya and Vai swung their lanterns around (not that gently, I must say) and now we have chopsticks sticking out from our bedroom drawers with a little clown fish and jellyfish hanging down from them!

Anyway, happy lantern-making!


  • Leonny says:


    Thanks heaps for dropping by and leaving a comment! Checked out your site too and wow .. it’s so nice to meet another person who’s into reaching out to the mass with the message of positive parenting and education of children too!

    Keep in touch ya!




    Thanks! 🙂 And if your little one went and made those lanterns, if you don’t mind do email me some of the photos? 🙂 One of these days I’d love to post photos of kids making stuff using the ideas from the site!

  • Leonny says:


    Thank you! Yes I agree, these days families tend to overlook on the ‘making’ of stuff together. One common reason I often hear is that they have ‘no idea’ as to what activities they can do with the kids. And so I hope my site can help them see how it is possible and in fact, not that hard, to do such stuff with their little one too.

    Oh I read Soulemama site too! I love her photos and the stuff her family does together! Yet to read her book though!

  • Tiffany says:

    Those are such cute ideas! My son would love to make both of those!

  • Rosabel says:

    this is great! A very creative idea and most important is the process of making it and the children enjoyed! Bravo!

  • Patty says:

    Oh Excellent!
    I love to see the spirit of creativity! These days family tends to buy more toys for the children rather than produce something together as a family.
    I am reading the book by Amanda Blake Soule titled ‘The Creative Family” (I am also reading her blog regurlary). I agreed with her that ‘It is inherent in the very core of children’s beings is the embodiment of creativity’.

    And I don’t believe getting the children to study creative art in special school. You are one of the family that proves creativity is doing magical out of simple thing together.

    Love the shots with Vai and Anya show their artworks!!

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