Make paper lanterns in a matter of minutes to light your walkway for the 4th of July. Tape printable flag to the front of white bags then insert battery-operated candles. This craft is inexpensive and couldn’t be any easier!

Lunch bags need to be white to allow the light from the candles to illuminate our colorful printables. They’re just the right size for the flags and are available at craft stores if you can’t find white ones at the grocery store.

We recommend using battery-operated lights to eliminate any safety concerns. You want to decorate your walkway, not create unexpected fireworks of your own!

Paper lantern instructions

Printable Paper Lantern Instructions
  • paper lantern printable
  • white paper lunch bags
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape
  • battery-operated candles
  1. Download the paper lantern printable and open in Adobe Reader.
  2. Print and cut out using scissors. If necessary, trim to fit the front of the bag.
  3. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the printout and place it on the outside of the bag.
  4. Insert battery-operated candles inside the bags and flip the switches. Place at entrance to front door or along walkway.
Continue the theme by making a few extras. Skip the candles and fill with popcorn to enjoy while watching the fireworks.

Patriotic paper lantern craft