DIY Ramadan Lantern


When lanterns light up across homes, restaurants and hotels in the region, we know the holy month of Ramadan is upon us. The lantern or fanous has become a symbol of Ramadan illuminating streets and creating a magical ambiance during this season.

As quoted in an Al Arabiya article, according to Dr. Nasif Kayed, managing director of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, the concept of the lanterns originated in ancient Egypt. Read this article to find out how the lanterns gained significance.

The good news is that you can make your very own fanous. Here is an easy way to make a Ramadan lantern using craft paper. This DIY lantern can adorn shelves in your living rooms and bring alive the spirit of Ramadan!

Tools needed:

  1. 2 Colored papers (we are using red and yellow). Feel free to use paper of any other colour for your Ramadan lantern
  2. Ruler
  3. Scissors
  4. Pencil
  5. Stapler

Step 1:

Fold the sheet of red paper in half to form the shape of a rectangle.


Step 2:

Start by drawing a straight light, pencil mark from the bend. Leave space between the line (approximately 1.5 cm between each line), and after drawing the lines, start cutting.

Be sure not to cut all the way to the edge of the paper, leave about a 1 cm at the end.

Step 3:

Open it up, and roll it to connect both of the ends. Then stable the connection made.

Step 4: 

Cut two strips down the long side of the yellow sheet. Roll up the rest of the yellow sheet of paper and insert it into the lantern. Staple it into place. Use the strips of paper to decorate your lanterns.


This blog post has been written by Samah Ahmad, Graphic Designer – UAE Marriott Hotels

To stay inspired this Ramadan, visit us on Pinterest or view our Ramadan Inspiration Gallery on


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