Make your own: Guy Fawkes lantern

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot;
I know of no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

John Milton, 1626

As November rolls around each year, children across the United Kingdom recite this poem to remember the day the English Parliament was almost destroyed with gunpowder by a group of Catholic conspirators who opposed the Protestant King James I.

Bonfire Night is also known as Guy Fawkes Night; named after the most infamous of these conspirators, most well known for being caught red handed with the explosives in the tunnels underneath Westminster and a lantern to light his way.

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Guy Fawkes Lantern (Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford)

Guy Fawkes was arrested and the 12 other conspirators were eventually tracked down as well. A few months later, an Act of Parliament was passed so that this failed plot would be remembered every year.

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An Act for the Public Thanksgiving every year on the 5thof November (Parliamentary Archives)

Guy Fawkes was the explosives expert and went down in history as the name attached to the event that is remembered each year on the 5thof November.

To make your own lantern all you will need is an A4 sheet of paper, some scissors, tape, and anything you wish to decorate it with!

Guy Falkes Lantern - template


1. Cut a strip of paper along the top dotted line

2. Fold the paper in half lengthways

3. Cut the dotted lines that go across the paper

4. Unfold the paper and make sure the lines are going vertically

5. With the cut lines vertical, you can now stick the ends of the paper together with tape

6. Use the strip of paper first cut to make a handle

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The finished product!

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