St. Martin's Day lantern

 

Find out how to make a colourful lantern ...

A St. Martin's Day lantern A St. Martin's Day lantern

Every year on 11 November, lots of German children make a colourful St. Martin's Day lantern and take part in a St. Martin's Day procession.

You can find out more about St. Martin on our St. Martin's Day page.

Why not make your own St. Martin's Day lantern?

You will need:

  1. Scissors
  2. Glue
  3. A piece of wire (you can cut and bend a clothes hanger using a pair of pliers. Get an adult to help you!)
  4. A candle holder (you can use a tea light candle)
  5. A round cheese box (from Brie or Camembert cheese)
  6. Transparent paper

Before you start, make sure you get an adult to help you!

Step 1

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 1 Coloured paper

Glue together colourful pieces of transparent paper to form a rectangle. If it fits around the cheese box, it's big enough.

Step 2

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 2 The cheese box

Glue the tea-light candle to the bottom of the cheese box.

Step 3

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 3 Gluing the paper

Glue the transparent paper around the bottom of the cheese box.

Step 4

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 4 The top of the lantern

Press the bottom out of the cheese box lid and add glue onto the outer surface of the ring.

Step 5

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 5 The top in place

Glue the ring to the top edge of the lantern.

Step 6

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 6 The handle in place

Make two holes in the top ring of the lantern. Bend the wire into the shape of a handle and put it through the holes.

Finished!

St. Martin's Day Lantern - step 7 The finished lantern

Your lantern is ready!

Remember, fire is very dangerous! Ask an adult to help you before lighting your lantern.

I like St. Martin's Day because singing at the St. Martin's Day procession is so much fun!

Click here to learn a traditional St. Martin's Day song!