Darkness will be upon us soon as millions of earthlings will switch off non-essential lights to participate in Earth Hour 2021. This movement is to help raise awareness and take action on the impact of climate change, so come and join hands together by going “lights out” for an hour or two starting from 8.30pm onwards on 27 March.
Staying in darkness may not be for all, so why not make it fun and memorable through our IPC Earth Hour paper lantern that all family members can DIY and light it up at home together!
Download and print out any of the lantern templates shown below in A4 paper:
Supplies that you’ll need:
- Scissors (parental supervision needed)
- Cellophane tape or glue
- Hole puncher (optional)
- Leftover strings or ribbons (optional)
- Smartphone or any mini battery operated LED lights (for illumination)
- Print out the lantern templates (recommend in full colour for better effect).
- Cut along the dotted lines using scissors (parental supervision needed).
- Fold paper to back according to numbers in ascending order.
- Fold Part 1 and Part 2, and stick both parts together using cellophane tape or glue.
- Tidy and close up the edges using cellophane tape of glue to prevent gaps forming.
- Optional: Punch 2 holes on top of paper lantern using hole puncher.
- Optional: Tie any strings or ribbons you may find at home and secure it to the 2 punched holes.
- Turn on flashlight on smartphone (or any mini battery operated LED lights) and place paper lantern over light source for illumination.
You may now enjoy viewing the lit paper lanterns on its own or bring them around the house with your family! Remember to dispose the paper lanterns responsibly by recycling them. ☺
Be sure to show off your creation with us using the hashtag #IPCEarthHour or tag us at @IPCShoppingCentre on Instagram or Facebook so we can easily view and share your posts or stories!
If you like to do other stuffs besides making your own paper lantern, here are some activities that may interest you and your family.
- Dinner in the dark – How cool it is to dine in the dark! You can also turn it into a candlelit dinner and make it more fun than your regular family meal. Prepare something delicious with your significant other or children and enjoy eating with the lights off (candles on) and make amazing memories together.
- Story time in the dark – Build a pillow fortress and take turns reading or make up stories to pass time. Add in shadow puppet play to make your stories come to life – kids will definitely love it!
- Play hide-and-seek in the dark – Playing hide-and-seek in the dark can be challenging yet more exciting now that you can make use of the darkness to totally hide yourselves and blend into your surroundings. Don’t forget to give your little explorers a torch so they can still see and stay safe while finding places in the dark.
- Movie night – Might as well turn your living room into a cinema since you’re already in the dark, and tune into movies or documentaries that you’ve been always wanting to do. Get ready some popcorns or snacks with you for the full cinema experience at home.
No matter what we choose to do at the end of the day, even just as simple as switching off lights, we would’ve made a little milestone once again as millions of us band together in the cause that we’re passionate about and hopefully be able to inspire all of us to practice this power saving habit more regularly in our daily lives. So, give our planet some love this Earth Hour by going “lights off”!