Sudan Lantern Flag {Tutorial}

My daughters and I enjoy making crafts from the countries that belong to the Arab League. I feel it’s important for them to know that there are millions of other people that also speak Arabic around the world.


Today we created a lantern based on the flag of Sudan, the third largest country in Africa.


Sudan is bordered by Egypt, the Red Sea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Chad and Libya. Its predominate languages are Arabic and English and its predominant religion is Islam.


Sudan joined the Arab League in 1956 and it’s flags have the colors red, white, black and green.  Traditionally these are called the pan-Arab colors and have been linked to the Arab people and Islamic religion.


According to

The colors stand for Arab unity and independence. The red stripe represents Sudan’s struggle for independence and the sacrifices of the country’s martyrs. The white represents peace, light and optimism. It also represents the White Flag League which was a nationalist group that rose up against colonial rule in 1924. The black represents Sudan; in Arabic ‘Sudan’ means black. It also represents the black flag of nationalists who fought colonial rule during the Mahdist Revolution, late in 19th century. Green represents Islam, agriculture and the prosperity of the land.

We used origami paper but you can also use tissue paper. I found this glass square vessel in the cup aisle of my consignment store. It was 69 cents and perfect because it had a flat bottom for the LED light I wanted to put inside later. My youngest did the tutorial today and she said it was “super” easy and “super” fast.

Red, white, black, green origami paper
Glass cup
Mod Podge
Sponge brush

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We started by cutting 4 stripes of red, white and black paper and 4 triangles.

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We then added Mod Podge to the glass cup and also to the back of the origami paper to glue them to each other.

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Once the stripes were done, we trimmed the top of the glass.

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We then added our green triangles.

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To make sure everything is glue together and stays in place, we added another layer of Mod Podge.

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That is it, our lantern is now ready for an LED light.

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For more North African crafts, check out our Algeria Geometric Painting or our Moroccan Flag Candy Dish.


Please check our years past for other tutorials of our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge.


I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.