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Sint Maarten lantern with Japanese twist - DIY

  • 2 min read

Get started this year and make your own lantern for Sint Maarten. Give it a Japanese twist with these fun, easy origami paper lanterns. You don't have to buy a lot for them and they guarantee a pleasant afternoon of crafts.

What is Saint Martin?

I did a little snooping online and read that even scientists don't know whether Sint Maarten is originally a pagan or a Catholic holiday. Let's keep it simple for a mix of both: a begging party for the poorest in the winter months. We have embraced November 11 as a tradition and made it a beautiful party to celebrate together with all layers of society.

Japanese lanterns

Sint Maarten lanterns DIY

You will find these lanterns, along with many other colorful decorations, everywhere in Japan in July and August. Then they celebrate Tanabata, the star festival. Simply run a string of lights through the lanterns, hang them on a branch and easily make a lantern for our own Sint Maarten.

Nowadays you can buy light cords with (rechargeable) batteries everywhere, even with stars and beautiful balls, so you can make it even more beautiful.

To work

You will need this for three lanterns:
- download the lantern that is HERE
- origami paper of 15x15cm, you can shop beautiful origami paper HERE
- ruler
- pencil
- scissors
- toilet rolls (enough for everyone who participates)
- pritt, or other glue
- rope
- thick needle
- (bamboo) stick
- tape
- light cord (can also be used with bicycle lights)
- strong tape to stick the battery box

Sint Maarten DIY

Download the how-to of the lanterns and make them as described, stick them around the toilet roll for stability. That is not necessary!

Thread strings through the lanterns with the needle and a piece of string. Hang the lanterns on the stick and put the light cord through it and lengthwise. Stick the battery box of the cord firmly to the stick, that's immediately a handle!

TIP : you can also make a very large one in one go (see photo inset), then take a large sheet of sturdy paper.

Saint Martin

Make it a craft party with friends, eat something delicious beforehand and visit the doors together. Don't forget your candy bag, sing out loud and let your homemade lantern twinkle cheerfully, now your Sint Maarten can't go wrong!

Sint Maarten lanterns

Ingrid of Roppongi

Author - Ingrid Beyer of Roppongi
Ingrid from Happlify crew member Roppongi is a much too modest Japan expert who can tell you all the ins and outs. Roppongi is the webshop for lovers of Japan, design, good food, tea and DIY. Visit Roppongi and the blog regularly for the fastest trip to Japan.

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