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Our Fun Lantern DIY With Doodle Crate

Kiwi Co sent me a Doodle Crate to try out and I’m going to tell you all about it.

You’ve most likely heard of their Kiwi Crate, the art project in a box phenomenon that popped on the scene in 2011, and it’s since grown to include:

Tadpole Crate for 0-36 monthers

Koala Crate for 3-4 yrs old

Kiwi Crate (science, art, and more) for 5-8 yrs old

Atlas Crate (geography and culture) for 6-11 yrs old

Doodle Crate (art & design) for 9-16 yrs old +

Tinker Crate (science & engineering) for 9-16 yrs old +

Eureka Crate for (engineering & design) 14-104 yrs old

(I guess you’re out of luck if you’re 105.)

Each crate comes complete with all the goodies you need to make a project, and you can choose from different subscriptions or gift options.

Now why, you may ask, do I indulge in pre-made activity boxes, when my brilliant mind produces zillions upon zillions of my own creative projects?

I’ll tell you. Sometimes you just need something fun and pre-thought-out to drop onto your doorstep, waiting for you to open it and explore the wonderful contents within.

Right? Subscription boxes are the bomb. Kiwi Co makes super high-quality, uniquely creative subscription boxes that include everything you need for at least one project, plus you can reuse the supplies they send for future projects.

What We Made

Here are the supplies that I pulled out of the box we got. You can see by the pamphlet that they are all the ingredients you need to make some little embossed paper lanterns. So we did.

This lantern project was inspired by the beautiful metallic lanterns of Morocco, and the lantern card stock had a slight metallic sheen to it.

Doodle Crate supplies for paper lantern craft

I enlisted the help of my small friend Beckett, he enlisted the help of his small friend Porg, and we got to work embossing. That wooden tool is the embosser, and you lay the individual lanterns over the stencil-looking pieces to rub the design into them.

embossed paper lantern craft

Beckett and Porg left me to emboss the rest. I had fun deciding on the designs, but I may have developed a large blister on my finger due to overzealous embossing.

embossed and punch paper lantern pieces from Doodle Crate

After embossing, we used the clever little hole punch to punch out designs for the lights to shine through the lanterns.

Then I folded the lanterns onto each little lightbulb on the string of fairy lights.

Ta-dah! Finished product:

paper lanterns on a fairy light string

Cool, huh? And since my mind goes a mile a minute when I’m working on creative projects, I thought up some more fun ideas based on these lanterns:

  • Reuse the embossing templates as stencils
  • Emboss different colors of card stock over them to make cards
  • Do crayon or oil pastel rubbings over them with white card stock
  • We didn’t use the tiny colored tissue paper samples they provided, so you could use those for collage
  • The embossing tool would make a perfect incising tool for watercolor projects.

Love the idea of DIY lanterns? Try your hand at my orb lantern made with old book pages.

Happy making!

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. Those kits rock. My son used Tinkercrate for 3 years. Now I see that Eureka crate, which I didn’t know they had, must be newer….might have to check that one out for next year 🙂

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