Lantern and Window Decoration Templates and Tutorials

This year would have been our 5th Annual Procession of Light but due to the current pandemic and local restrictions we are inviting the Bearwood Community and beyond to join in with Light Up Bearwood. We are suggesting that people decorate and light up their windows and front gardens to send messages of solidarity, hope, friendship and welcome to refugees at home and abroad.

Here are some lantern and window decoration templates and tutorials.

Window Decorations

Print off and cut out these papercut window decorations.

Hearts & Stars window decorations

Heart template to download

Star template to download

(The download templates do not include the fold and cut marks)


Paper or card





Fold the paper in half (fold 1) and cut along the shape line. Open out the paper, fold (at fold 2) and cut along the shape lines. Repeat this process for each of the 5 fold lines and shapes.

You can add tissue paper behind the cut out sections to add a pop of colour.

Torch Lantern

Torch Lantern Tutorial. Download version


  • A4 Card (lightweight) or paper – for lantern body
  • Extra card – for lantern base
  • Cardboard (of reasonable thickness such as that from a packing box) – to use when
    making perforations
  • Pencil/pen – to draw design
  • Sharp pencil or darning needle/pin – to make perforations
  • Scissors – to cut out lantern base and designs
  • Glue (Pritt stick or similar) – to join up lantern body and to attach cut out designs
  • Sticky tape – to attach the lantern base to the body (and join lantern together as an
    alternative to glue)
  • Torch or light – to light up the lantern

Technique 1 – Perforated/Pierced Lantern

1. Use either one A4 sheet of lightweight card or paper. It is easier to make the perforations on paper using a pencil so this is the best method for younger children.
2. Draw your design directly on to the card or paper. It is best not to draw lines too close together as this will make the design less clear. You could use words in your design, pictures or patterns.
3. Place the card or paper on the thicker cardboard, (this allows the sharp pencil or needle to go through the design) and following the lines of the design make holes (perforations) using the pencil/needle. The holes should be evenly spaced, not too close together and not too far apart.
4. When you have finished perforating the design roll the paper/card into a cylinder and join the two edges together, using either glue or sticky tape. The edges should overlap by about 1cm.
5. Cut out a circle from the extra card, approximately 11cm in diameter, this will form the base of the lantern.
6. Make tabs around the circle by cutting in about 1cm. These tabs fold in so you can attach the base to the main body of the lantern.
7. In the centre of the base draw around the handle/base of your torch and cut out. Be careful not to make this too big, if the torch won’t fit through make some slits around the hole.
8. Attach the base to the main body of the lantern by glueing or taping the tabs to the side of the cylinder. It is easier to do this with the tabs on the outside of the lantern but if you have fiddly fingers you can attach them on the inside.
9. Slide the torch in from the open end of the cylinder, switch on and you are ready for the procession of light!

Technique 2 – Shadow Lantern

1. Use a piece of A4 paper as the main body of the lantern, to this you will add your
design cut from lightweight card.
2. Draw your design, pattern or text on the lightweight card and cut out.
3. Using the pritt/glue stick attach the design to the paper.

To complete follow steps 4 – 8 from technique 1

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So glad that you’ve found your way to the Bearwood Action for Refugees Schools Resources Page! If you are a person and not a school then fear not, you are still welcome here. Below are the download links for some resources designed to help teachers and schools to explore how they can respond to the refugee crisis, abroad and right here at home.

The contents page link below will take you to a spreadsheet listing resources for both primary and secondary schools, listing which key stage they’re suitable for and  where to find them:

Contents: Refugee Week Resources Links

The resources listed under google drive, can be found through the following link:

G Drive: Google Drive Link

Please let us know which resources worked for you and suggest others via the contact us page!


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