How To Make Chinese Flying Lanterns

Chinese Flying Lanterns

Flying lanterns or sky lanterns, commonly known as Chinese lanterns, are the most beautiful thing to look up at in the sky; the way paper lanterns float in the air, glowing up. As fancy as it looks, it is actually super easy to build on your own.

Chinese Flying Lanterns

Things you Will Need for Making Flying Lanterns

So let’s start to make one beautiful flying lantern.

  • Color paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic straw
  • Transparent tape
  • Cotton
  • Fuel
  • A small container
  • Copper wire
  • Thumb pin
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Knife

There are Some Steps to Make Flying Lanterns


  1. Take a sheet of aluminum foil and shape it into a form of container.
  2. Take some cotton, soak the cotton with fuel and fill it in the previously made container as the wick of the burner. 


  1. Take colored paper. Mark into the shape of a semi-diamond (with a lower corner blunt) shape, 
  2. Glue all four pieces’ edges to form a shape of a bag.


  1. Take 4 straws and cut them into larger pieces and smaller pieces for the square frame and arrange them in a square


  1. Using thumb pins carefully poke 4 small holes in the burner. Now insert the copper wires through the holes into the burner.
  2. Tie the copper wires to the straw frame made earlier.


  1. Place the paper envelope upright and stick the frame to it using adhesive paper. 
  2. Make sure the size of the frame and envelope mouth matches. Cut small fins to help balance.


  1. With the help of an adult, light the burner.
  2. Wait for the balloon to fill up with hot air and release.


You have now mastered the art of creating a flying Chinese lantern. Take it outdoors on a very dark night, and get ready for takeoff.

Carefully light the cotton burner with a lighter to cause it to climb. Wait for the fire to produce enough hot air inside the skin (or bag) for it to take flight while holding it in your hands. Then, gently prod it into the air, and watch it soar! Give it a few more seconds if it does not take off straight away, then try again.

In the worst case, replace the cotton with a fresh piece that has been somewhat more fuel-soaked, but not too much, or you’ll end up with a torch rather than a lantern!

You can make flying lanterns as colorful or as creative as you wish! 

Some FAQs to learn about …….

Are flying lanterns safe?

Sky lanterns are a great way to celebrate that is growing in popularity, but because of the significant fire safety risk they provide, they are not allowed to be used according to National Fire Protection Association rules.

What happens to fly lanterns?

Sky lanterns all come down to earth as litter, much like released balloons. They’re frequently advertised as “biodegradable” or “earth-friendly,” both of which are false. Sky lanterns are constructed from wires, treated paper, and maybe a bamboo ring. They have a long range and invariably end up as hazardous trash.



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