Ramadan Paper Lantern Place Cards

Guests will love the personal touch, plus they can take them home as favors.

This idea comes from our friend Manal Aman of Hello Holy Days. The lantern has great historical significance for Muslims observing Ramadan: they were used when going outside to observe the moon, to help a Ramadan drummer wake up the neighborhood for their pre-dawn meal, and performing nighttime prayers. Here, the lantern is reimagined on a smaller size as place cards for an iftar party. "Guests will love the personalized touch," she says. "Plus, they can take the lanterns home as favors!"

For more crafts and decorations, see our Ramadan Ideas.

What You'll Need


  • Purple cardstock paper
  • White paper
  • Transparent tape
  • Golden washi tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Golden gel pen


  1. Ramadan Paper Lantern Step 1

    Cut out pieces from the purple cardstock measuring 6 inches by 3 ¼ inches in size. Fold the cardstock in half, lengthwise.

  2. Ramadan Paper Lantern Step 2

    On the folded edge, make marks on the cardstock every ¾ inch. Use scissors to make vertical cuts, making sure to leave about ½ inch of space at the top.

  3. Ramadan Paper Lantern Step 3

    Unfold the piece of paper and then bring the two long ends together to make a cylinder. Tape in place, making sure that when the ends are taped, they leave a slit about the same size as the rest of the slits on the cylinder.

  4. Ramadan Paper Lantern Step 4

    Hold the cylinder between the palm of your hands and press down to give the cylinder a more geometric shape for your lantern.

  5. Ramadan Paper Lantern Step 5

    Cut out a strip of paper from your purple cardstock paper, measuring ½ inch wide by 3 ½ inch long. This will be the handle for your lantern. Use tape to secure the handle onto the inside of the lantern.

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    Cut and adhere a length of golden washi tape to the top and bottom borders of your lantern for a striking look.

  7. Ramadan Paper Lantern Step 7

    To make name tags, cut a small strip from white paper and use scissors to make a fishtail edge on one end. Write names with gold gel pens and finish by taping on name tags to the handle of the lantern.

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