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Paper Jack o Lantern Craft

Paper Jack O Lantern craft for kids to make.  Add battery operated lights for a glowing pumpkin face.  Instructions at

This is a cute craft for older children (ages 8 Р10) as it takes a little bit of skill to measure, cut and assemble the Paper Jack O Lantern Craft. Similar to a Chinese Paper Lantern, where  you cut strips of paper to to form the lantern shape. Place on top of a battery operated light for a cute glowing decoration.
  • Orange construction paper – in this example, I used 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
  • Scraps of black construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Battery operated light
  • Brown pipe cleaner cut in half
  • Fall leaves for decorating
Paper Jack O Lantern craft for kids to make.  Add battery operated lights for a glowing pumpkin face.  Instructions at
  • Draw a line 1/2 inch up on the long edge of the paper. This will create the base of the pumpkin and mark the stopping point for cutting the strips of paper.
  • Perpendicular to the line, start drawing lines 1″ apart to the edge of the paper. Cut these 1″ strips of paper apart being careful not to cut beyond the 1/2″ base.
  • Punch a hole about 1/4″ down on each of the 1″ strips of paper.
  • Attach the two ends of the base together with a piece of scotch tape.
  • Fold the 1/2 piece of pipe cleaner to form the stem of the pumpkin. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together.
  • Bring the strips of paper together to form the top of the pumpkin and slide the twisted ends of the pipe cleaner throught the punched holes.
  • Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner inside the pumpkin to hold the stem in place.
  • Cut the jack-o-lantern face pieces (eyes, nose, mouth) out of the black construction paper. Attach each piece to one of the strips of paper to form a face.

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About Theresa Johnston

Activities For Kids has been an on-going passion of mine since 1998. I'm a long-time Orlando resident and huge Disney Fan! Prior guide for and current editor for I hope you enjoy the crafts, recipes and ideas that you find here.

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