Project Zakka: Mini Tealight Lantern

One of the best things about Mid-Autumn celebrations while growing up was finishing my mooncake then lighting up paper lanterns in the backyard with my family to celebrate the beaming moon.

The best lanterns were always the animal shaped ones – oversized and made from red cellophane, they lit up the night sky with a kitsch merriness. Though I’m now a bit too old to be toting around a basketball sized red rabbit lantern, it still brings back fond memories… so I made a mini tealight rabbit lantern for a Mid-Autumn Zakka instead!

I love the fact that it’s portable and a bit safer for young kids then running around with an open flame paper lantern. Whilst I used rabbits as my muse, you can also work in simpler shapes like hearts or stars for a different occasion.

Come and continue Mid-Autumn celebrations with me by making and lighting up your mini lanterns!

What you need:

  • A sheet of washi paper, trimmed to fit around a small tealight – Tip: Use tissue paper if you don’t have any washi paper handy!
  • A patterned sheet of origami paper
  • A stencil or paper cutter for the shape of your motif – I used a small rabbit-shaped paper clip as my stencil!
  • Clear sticky tape
  • General craft tools – craft knife, cutting mat, pencil and glue


  1. Trace 4-5 of your stencils onto the patterned origami paper and using your craft knife, cut it out neatly. If you’re using a paper cutter, cut out 4-5 pieces of your desired shape.
  2. Glue your shapes onto your trimmed sheet of washi/tissue paper – Tip: Make sure there are some towards the top half of the paper; this will make the shape give a shadow when the tealight is lit!
  3. Tape the trimmed sheet around your tealight – you may need to tape the bottom edge to the base of the tealight to prevent movement of the sheet.
  4. Light your tealight candle and enjoy!