This Monday, November 11, it will be Sinte Maarten and the kids will go to the streets with a lantern to sing their songs in exchange for sweets or fruit.

Sint Maarten is not celebrated in the same way everywhere. Parades are organized in some places and bonfires are ignited in others. General is the lantern tour. This is most common in the Netherlands in the northern provinces and in North Holland. The children make lanterns and pass by houses with the lights.

Topsitters has put together 7 x simple DIY lanterns to make with kids for Sinte Maarten from different materials with your children.

Animal Lanterns

Animal Lanterns

These animal lanterns are cute, easy and low cost. In the link you can see how to turn this traditional lamp into a lantern for Sinte Maarten.

Moon & Stars Lantern

Let the moon and stars shine with Sinte Maarten. Make a round tube from sturdy paper. Before putting it together, cut out moons and stars. Stick colored tissue paper behind it and the effect is very nice!

Chinese Paper Lantern

Chinese paper lantern

In the video below you can see how you can make a Chinese lantern quickly and easily.

Chinese Paper Lanterns

Unicorn Lantern

Are your kids also under the spell of unicorns? This blog describes how to make a lantern with your unicorn fan.

Lampion from glass jar

You can also make a beautiful lantern with some iron wire and paper from a glass jar.

Jar Lantern

Rocktet Lantern

In this video you can see how to make a Rocket Lantern from an old plastic bottle;

Rocktet Lanter

Paper animal lantern

Animal paper lantern

With some cardboard, scissors, glue and flowery paper you can make this easy owl